16.11.2016 31 °C
At this point I am writing this blog from Bali. Last time from my blog I was telling you we were in our last week in Thailand and it flew by!! We had our final presentation which we passed with a 6.8! We are still waiting for the other results from the assignments. For our last week in Thailand we went to the city several times and from wednesday every night we had sort of goodbye parties, because the first ones were already to leave on Thursday.
On friday we had to leave our apartment in Summer Garden to stay in the Best Western hotel around the corner. I did not really like this transition. I guess the older I get, I much more dislike saying goodbye and changing my environment. However, we still had the last goodbye party to go. It was quite weird that we are not gonna see some people any more for a long period of time. Luckily we all consider this as an unique experience and call ourselves fortunate to experience this together as well! Especially now sitting here in Bali, it really hits me that I actually miss my life I had in Bangkok and the freedom of the location and apartment. Now back to Bali!
We arrived at 5 o'clock in the afternoon after a 4 hour flight. Immediately after arriving it was so nice to be in a whole other atmosphere. Of course because of the death of the king that Thailand was in a mourning period. Now I saw people wearing colour again, I heard music again. On the way from the airport to our hotel, the buildings are not that massive and it was a whole lot more green. However, when we arrived at the hotel, we really came to the conclusion that the accommodation we had in BKK was so good. For the time being in Bali our accommodation is a hotel just outside of Denpasar, the capital city of Bali. As a little kid I would always want to live in a hotel, but after working in a hotel for a few years I know now that living in a hotel is not that perfect at all. To not downplay the whole situation, we have a good accommodation, a swimming pool, we have way less rules than in Bangkok. I think after a few weeks we will completely used to this situation. On our first day on sunday we had a short briefing at the hotel and they provided us with sim cards. After this I went to the beach in Canggu. The traffic is just as asian as in Bangkok. No rules, only in Bali you have waaaaaaaaay more scooters. Like they dominate all the traffic over here. After the beach we went home, to go out afterwards at the famous sky garden since it was ladies night. We had a good night out with the whole group.
On monday we had our first introduction day at school, a traditional welcome with a Balinese dance and introduction the Indonesian and Balinese culture. Also a diving school, surfing school and staff from the water park were there to provide us with more information and discount. We got to know our new group and had a good lunch. Near our hotel we have some cute little warungs to eat. Warung is a small food house with lovely Indonesian food for like a euro per meal. Tuesday we had our first field trip planned to a resort, but compared to Thailand this was a very short one. After the fieldtrip we went to the beach again, this time in Seminyak. Unfortunately for us the weather was not that good any more. In the evening we all went for diner and afterwards some drinks at a little tavern next the hotel. The Balinese version of Club 21 in Bangkok. Today(wednesday) we had our first actual school day. Every day we will be picked up from the hotel and go to school in a mini van. After school I went to Kuta to explore a bit more and do some shopping.
My first impression of Bali is that it is very busy, especially in Kuta, so this will not be a place I will visit that much. However I have not seen that much of the Island yet, but I am sure this will be changed within a few weeks. The people here are very nice and they speak more English than they do in Thailand, which is very convenient for us students. Also we are going to have a lot of beach days as well. Still we need some adjusting to do, because I keep comparing every thing to Bangkok. This is it for now, I do not have any pictures to add, because I do not take that much pictures any more after three weeks here in Asia, but I will try to give you a better impression next time.
Greetings from Bali!