I’ve been living in Bali for two weeks now and as you can imagine, it’s very different to Scotland. Of course, before we left for our travels, we researched a lot about Bali. The sandy beaches and hot weather were the main things people talked about, but there’s a lot to Bali that I’ve learned in the short amount of time that I’ve been here.
The content out there on Bali is endless. Although, there are things that people don’t tell you that I found really interesting about being in Bali.
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When I was leaving to travel Asia, I was terrified as I had never tried Asian food before. I am also not the best at eating spicy foods. Since being in Bali, I don’t think I’ve had an Asian meal yet.
Of course, there are a lot of places to eat that does offer Asian food, but western food is just as big in Bali. I think that because Bali is a tourist destination, it has adapted to tourism.
This is depending on where you are in Bali. The main towns likes Seminyak, where I am just now, Canggu and Denpasar offer a large range of western foods.
Scooters & shoes
You’re probably thinking… scooters and shoes? But hear me out.
Driving a scooter is the most popular form of transport in Bali and I totally understand it. It’s portable, easy to use and cheaper than a car to run.
What I’ve noticed since being here is people not wearing shoes… whilst driving the scooter.
To give you background if you’ve never driven a scooter when you stop at traffic lights etc, you need to put your feet on the ground to balance the bike. Also, bikes are packed on top of each other and people don’t wear shoes driving which I find mad! I also want to note, that I’ve only seen expats doing this.
Bali is hot. Which is an obvious one. What I didn’t expect is the constant heat.
In Scotland, if it was a “good day” you had your prime heat between 2pm-5pm and that was the time where the temperature was at its hottest.
In Bali, from the moment I wake up to the minute I sleep – it’s not been below 25 degrees. This is depending on what time of year you travel, but for April, it’s been a constant heat of 31 degrees. Which is very hot compared to Scotland.
As the heat is always high, the humidity can make it almost uncomfortable at times. Luckily every restaurant and house that I’ve been in, has air-con and fans.
Finding lizards in your house is normal
In Scotland, finding a spider was an occurrence, and that would freak me out.
You can imagine how I was when I saw a lizard in my kitchen.
As most villas’ are open planned, lizards and other creatures are a given. Depending on how far into the jungle you decide to stay, will depend on the creepy crawly’s you find in your home.
Our first apartment in Bali had a lot of plant life and therefore the creatures came with it. We were only there for around nine days and we had multiple lizards in our room running around, mosquito, geckos, spiders, ants and more.
We decided to move away from the jungle and move into Seminyak to a private villa was minimal plant life. We still get lizards which is no problem but fewer creatures!
Bali is filled with digital nomads
I knew already that Bali was a very popular destination for digital nomads, but living in Scotland where you’re looked at funny for taking a quick picture of your food to, sitting in a cafe where people have multiple cameras, laptop set up and are filming… and no-one bats an eyelid… is going to take some getting used to.
As social media grows, so does the blogging and YouTube industry.
Living in Bali
Living in Bali over the past few weeks has been incredible and I am grateful for the opportunity to do so.
I believe that there is a lot to learn here and really has been a shock to the system for me. Which was the whole point of the trip.
I’m excited to continue my journey through Bali and Asia and I can’t wait to document my travels.
What are some things you learned whilst being in Bali?
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