01.12.2016 28 °C
It has been a good two weeks since I wrote something for you guys. The time is flying by and this is already week 3 on Bali. I have to say, I am becoming quite adjusted to the Balinese life. Getting taxi's is not a problem at all and actually I did not had a culture shock like I had in Bangkok. I start to miss Bangkok way less as I used to do. I do wish that the group that we had in Thailand, would be the same for the whole 5 months! The nightlife here is something different, because it is so touristic. At school with the introduction, it was told to us that we have to take more care of our things since the criminality is more common here. Although I am always careful where I go, even in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, I make sure I never walk with my phone in my hand at busy places. Adjusting to the food is not a problem at all. I love all the food in the little warungs. Luckily for me there are a few located around the hotel so I don't have to go to town too much to get some proper food.
On thursday we had to do a mystery visit to a Spa. We chose for the Visala spa in the Magani hotel in Kuta. Also very nice ofcourse that this is our homework for school. For the weekend we had a party/chill weekend planned. On friday night we went with the whole group to a poolparty in Kuta at some famous surf school. We had such an awesome night, school made sure we would be on the guest list. After the whole group arrived, we made sure the whole Stenden group would be in the pool the first! The day after I booked the Holiday Inn Resort for Merle and me in Nusa Dua. This is an area on the east side of the Island. The place is not so hectic as Kuta. We got a free upgrade to an executive room with private entrance to the pool. Boy... did I thought we were lucky, untill I noticed that almost every Chinese person went to the Aquarobics at SEVEN O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING!!!! However, the room was perfect and the private beach was very relaxed and calm. We went for some diner in the evening and we could cross the street without having to fear for our lives. At night we found out in the room that we had something like 5 HBO channels. So we spent watching movies the whole night, while making some homework for school. Yesss.... I was making homework on saturday night while relaxing in a 4 star resort. Aren't you guys not proud of me! I know I surely am haha! The day after we spent a full day at the beach, which was noticeable because of my red burned skin at the end of the day. Ouch... On Sunday we went to Sky garden again. Every sunday there is ladies night, which means free entrance for girls and free drinking from 9 till 11. Monday was the day to sleep in and relax a little and finish our schoolwork. This week we had to give a presentation about our mystery visit, and the tutor explained more about our module assignment and what we are gonna do this module. In a nutshell, we have to come up with our own spa concept, I am doing this together with 3 other girls. We were also in Thailand with the same module, so hopefully we have some advantage with our gained knowledge. Further along the week we had our first practical lessons which was the Balinese foot massage. In Bali they use more essentials oils for the traditional Balinese massage than the traditional Thai massage. I personally like this more, because all these oils are good for something.
For the weekend we planned a trip to Uluwatu. Uluwatu is like surfers paradise, and according to the local people, Uluwata is how Bali was 30 years ago. We booked a vila with 8 girls for 3 nights. We absolutely had a good time. On Friday night, when we did not had any scooters yet, we decided to walk towards a restaurant for like 7 minutes. Mind you, it was absolutely completely dark outside. No lights whatsoever. I am telling you, I was so scared and still do not understand why we did this! No scary movie for me that night! The next day rented 4 scooters andwe cruised around and went to the beach. For the people who know me, knows how much I love to play in the waves in the water. Well, my first waves that day, took me along and made sure I made some head rolls. Good god almighty these waves are something else. However, the strong girl I am, would still continue and hit the waves. I loved it! That night we went into town and ate at a nice Italian restaurant. I am not the type of person that miss a lot of things in Europe, especially not the food, I mean I adore the Indonesian cuisine. However, I could not resist the meat on the menu and I think this was the first time I had some proper meat while my time being in Asia. The next day we went to a Temple, some sort of cave beach and the same beach as the day before. I think I drowned almost 4 times in the waves. These are not the same waves as the waves in Lacanau Ocean in France.
On Monday it was time to return again to the hotel and our school life. This week we had to give our pitch to the tutor about our spa concept. My personal feedback was, was that I was very confident... I guess I worked myself through the pitch, because I was bluffing for the most of it! Just like my team members. For this weekend we do not have that much planned since we only have 2 days off. So probably I am gonna take my first surf lessons aka see how much salt water can fit in my mouth. Tonight we are having our module dinner in a restaurant in Seminyak, so this means dress up time!
I hope I've kept you all up to date now with my Bali adventures.