So, back in Bali and settling in well!
The area of Bali that I live in is a great mixture of locals, long term bule villa dwellers, and westies sectioned off in massive, swanky resorts. This melting pot results in the following advantages:
- there are plenty of cheap, good warungs within a 5 minute walk in any direction
- there are some great bars and hotels for breakfasts and cocktails within the same walking distance, including my favourites Sea Circus and Art Cafe
- the local beach isn’t ever really crowded with tourists (and therefore, lacking the associated hawkers), as they prefer to sit in the pools of their resort overlooking the beach instead of swimming in the beach itself. Which means I often have the whole beach to myself, and can sing loudly over the waves while I wade around and no one even notices. Bliss!
- the beachside warungs are so incredibly chill.
- the nearby Oberoi strip is filled with really good shopping
- there are lots of locals to talk to
- the streets are way quieter but there is still plenty to see and do
- there are always heaps of taxis around
Slowly settling into a routine. Wake, watch awesome morning tv, shower, smoothie, walk, photo edit, gym, blog, beach, dinner, movie/drink/dance/chat…
Starting tomorrow, bike rides, daily blogging challenge and yoga will also slot into my regime.
Life has slowed down a bit now, not meeting as many new people and settling into my own space and company. But life is never boring. If I’m bored, I walk and watch or take photos, or get in a cab and go to a bar. I’m starting to become aware of how small the island is too, the minimal degrees of separation between friends, seeing the same people around my neighborhood haunts. Life here is starting to become familiar, and its nice. Petitenget is starting to feel like home.
Life is good.