Well, Im here to make bubbles, but find that Im living in one too!
I live in a little room in Sanur very close to the dive centre, so close, it takes just 2 and a half minutes to walk there, and my life these past 3 weeks, apart from travel to dive sites, is pretty much isolated to this small street – my “bubble”
If you have read my previous post, you will have seen my little apartment
This is my new home for the 3 months I plan to stay in Bali!
It is on the first floor of a small complex which they call a “Homestay”, I have upgraded to a slightly larger room which has its own balcony, hot running water and a bath (unused in the 3 weeks Ive been here!), but more importantly, air con and even more importantly – it is within reach of the wonderful wifi in Indonesia, which although intermittent, is provided free of charge!
I find that my walk from my homestay to the dive centre is taking longer and longer as I meet and get to know more of the locals along the small stretch of road that is my daily commute
I find the Balinese to be such friendly people who respond well to you taking an interest in their lives. If I try to speak their language, they seem delighted and only snigger a little at my mistakes, which are numerous. There is a group of men who sit on the side of the road each morning who greet me and try to teach me a new word each day. They spent the first 2 weeks trying to arrange transport for me, they now accept I can manage the 0.2 mile commute on foot!
So, as you can see, Im having a terrible time living in a “Bubble in Bali!
My little street has more than 10 different restaurants,
3 hotels, 2 local shops,
2 tour guide shops, numerous clothes stores
a laundry service
and a deli which would put most British Delicatessens to shame
The shops are even cute when they are closed
People find many ways to get around, you can catch a taxi which costs from 6000 Rp (30p) or a beamo, a little bus for 15p, or alternatively, hire a scooter, or ride your bike
or alternatively……just carry your bags on your head!
There is even a tattoo parlour in my bubble!
So, Im settling nicely into life in Bali, have brought some home comforts with me
and am rarely alone
One of the great things about doing a dive course is the fab people you meet along the way. More about my dive training in my next blog……..watch out for it!
In the meantime……