I have now officially been in Bali for 7 day days and I can’t believe how quickly it has come around. Bali is the most beautiful place that I have ever visited.
The best way to describe it is, full of colour. Which is what I was looking for.
I wanted to keep a travel diary series to document what I’ve been doing and to serve as a reminder as it can be very overwhelming. There’s a lot to see and do in Bali but I want to take my time and relax as I burn out really easily, especially in the heat.
Keep reading to find out what I’ve been getting up to in my first 7 days in Bali.
Thursday 15th April
Originally our flight to Bali was cancelled, so we ended up getting a later flight. This meant we didn’t get into our villa until 7:30pm. We were exhausted from the flight, even though it was only a two hour flight, so we headed to a supermarket and got some water and snacks. A chilled for the first night was on the cards for us.
The first time I got to see Bali was at night, but it was still beautiful.
The first thing I noticed was that everyone drives a scooter. Most roads, except main roads are very narrow, therefor riding a scooter is much more practical.
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Friday 16th April
Our first official day in Bali.
Waking up to the birds chirping, sun shining through the curtains was just pure happiness.
We met the manager of the villa and got a tour of the complex. We decided to go to a complex for the first month for a few reasons.
- A complex has a lot more amenities to offer. Ours has a yoga studio, juice bar, swings, and more!
- Before we commit to a long term rental, we would like to visit some villas first. We decide to stay here for the first month to find our feet and figure out where we would like to stay.
We headed to STED for breakfast as it was a two-minute walk from our villa. Lyle had scrambled egg and toast and I had a salad with avocado.
After we got back, we sorted out of scooter rental for the month. After some thought, we decided it would be best if Lyle does the driving as I didn’t feel too comfortable driving a scooter. Driving in Bali was a shock as there are not many rules other than wearing a mask at all times. People pull out and just hope for the best. After a day we got used to it, we just have to be super careful.
We hired a Honda Vario 125 for the month. The manager of the complex was kind enough to sort it out for us.
After everything was sorted out, we decided to go for a ride to the beach and see what it was like. The beach is only an eight-minute drive from our place, so it’s very accessible. We didn’t spend too long at the beach as we didn’t go prepared. Just wanted a quick peek.
For lunch, we headed to STED again as the lunch menu looked amazing. I had a cheeseburger and chips with their chilli sauce, every meal I’ve had in Bali comes with chilli sauce. Lyle had a tuna toastie with fries.
The rest of the day we spent in the complex by the pool. Being in a constant 32-degree heat takes it out of you. Lyle wasn’t feeling great so he headed to bed and I got some writing done.
Saturday 17th April
Lyle still didn’t feel 100% so we decided to spend the day at the villa.
We popped out to the pharmacy to get some medicine for him then headed back.
I spent the day writing by the pool which was beautiful and peaceful. The complex plays chill music from 11am so it was the perfect working environment.
For sunset, we met some friends at Airside. Laura and Ross helped us with the moving process and were a great help. We decided to celebrate with cocktails and good food. The bar had live music which was incredible. I had forgotten how good it felt to sit in a bar with friends, music and drinks. Life before lockdown really was a lifetime ago.
The cocktails were incredible and only 50k between 5-7pm which is £2.50.
In Scotland, you’re not allowed happy hours because it promotes drinking. Every bar in Bali has happy hour which is great!
Bars close between 10-11pm due to COVID which wasn’t a bad thing. Home and in my bed for 11pm.
*When we were driving home the rain was coming down HARD but it was warm rain. We were careful getting home. Lyle didn’t drink as he will still on the mend so he drove the scooter home.
Sunday 18th April
After the amount I drank, I was surprised at the little hangover that I had.
We decided to head to Crates for breakfast as it came highly recommended. We were not disappointed.
I had the sourdough french toast with strawberries and banana with a strawberry smoothie. The portion sizes were huge. I could only eat half of my breakfast. Felt bad leaving food but it was just too much to handle in the morning.
We headed back to the villa to chill out by the pool, mainly so I could sweat out the rest of my hangover.
By 3pm I was feeling myself again and got ready for dinner.
For dinner, we headed to Lola’s which is my favourite place by far. If you’re into Mexican food, Lola’s is the place to be. They were running a promotion for 25k tacos (£1.25) and I couldn’t believe how incredible they were for the price. Amazing value for money. I had a veggie taco along with loaded Mexican cheese fries – included salsa, sour cream and guacamole. I also had a banana and mango smoothie.
Monday 19th April
Monday mornings feel a lot different here than they did in Scotland.
I am struggling to get out of my early morning habit. I would get up at 6am in Scotland so I could do things before work, but I don’t have to do that anymore.
Sadly my body clock doesn’t understand.
A beach walk seemed like the perfect idea for a Monday morning. We went around 9am so that we could watch the suffers. The sand is extremely hot and you cannot lie on it, not like you normally would on holiday. They have bean bags and sun loungers all over the beach instead.
I bought a full coconut at only 10k and it was very refreshing. By 11am the sun was really beating down on us and we decided to head back to the villa.
I need to be extremely careful as I have sensitive skin. Easing myself into the sunshine is the best thing for me.
I got some blogging done when we got back and we enjoyed a dip in the pool. It’s so hot that the cold pool is perfect and very refreshing. Our complex has a main pool and a hot tub which is great for chilling.
There are a number of Facebook groups in Bali that offer deals. When I was having a look I found a nail bar that was offering an April promo for a manicure and pedicure. I decided to treat myself and get my nails done. I cannot thank Bliss Nails enough. The treatment and attitude of everyone in the nail bar made the experience so much more enjoyable.
For dinner, we decided to head to Luigi’s Hot Pizza and it was one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had. They are cooked in a stone oven and fired up. They have a pizza deal night on a Monday which was 60k Pizzas (£2.96) The pizza place reminds me of a picnic park and has techno music which was right up our street.
Tuesday 20th April
We were up bright and early as always, and we headed to Cafe Noir for brunch with some friends. Cafe Noir is a 2D cafe. It’s an “Insta” cafe and is great for pictures.
The food was very cheap and delicious. I decided to get a chilli pasta with garlic and it was only 39k (£1.93) Of course got some pictures.
After that, we headed to the beach… which probably wasn’t the best idea in prime heat.
After a 40 minute walk I could feel my skin starting to burn. It wasn’t till I got home that I realised that my back was red. I had a dip in the pool as the cold water was amazing on my back. I had heat exhaustion so we decided to get a GoJek delivery. GoJek is the Bali version of Uber Eats.
I think I fell asleep around 7pm as I was exhausted and in a lot of pain from the sunburn. I should mention that I wear factor 50+ and I still got burnt.
Wednesday 21st April
We finally decided to have a rest day. It’s hard to remember that it’s not a holiday and we don’t have to do something every single day. Being out all the time is exhausting.
Wednesday I spent updating my blog and building a travel section as you can probably tell I will be expanding my blog to travelling along with anxiety. I needed a good few hours to build the new section on my blog so Wednesday was well spent.
We even decided to order a GoJek because there’s so much food around us. We ordered from Burgers and Bagels. I had a cheeseburger, fries and spring rolls with chilli sauce. The spring rolls were my favourite – I’ll be ordering them again!
I caught up on some TV as well as I haven’t touched Netflix since Jakarta. I finished watching You, it was my second time watching it, but it’s such a good series. I fell asleep whilst Lyle was watching role models.
A chill day was definitely what we were needing.
My first 7 days in Bali – whats my overall thoughts?
I have wanted to travel to Bali for the last four years. I had originally booked to go in June 2020 but due to COVID, it was cancelled. Reaching my goal of being here after a year of hard work made everything worth it. All the late nights stressing and saving constantly was all worth it in the end.
I can’t believe it’s my first 7 days in Bali as it feels like home already. We will be here for the next 6 months and I can’t wait to share my travels.
I can’t wait to continue my journey here and share it with you guys! Have you been to Bali before, if so what is something you would recommend doing?
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