Amazing Adventures in Bali and Nusa Penida
Earlier this year I went on my first big trip on my own. I went to Bali, to live and work there and gather as many experiences as I could – and that I did! When I left Germany on the aeroplane, I had a lot of mixed feelings, but my anticipation overshadowed them all. For quite a lot of years, I always dreamt of doing exactly this and there I was, sitting on the aeroplane, on the way to fulfil my dream. It also helped that the airline provided good beer during the whole flight (just kidding).
After about 21 hours of traveling, and a big stop in Dubai I finally arrived. I was tired but I couldn’t wait to see the Green Lion people, the volunteers, the accommodation and – for the next 7 weeks – my new life and home. By pure luck, I met another participant at the airport, while we were both waiting for our luggage. This took away a lot of pressure because it was super nice to have someone else to just talk about all the things.
After we arrived at the accommodation in Penestanan, Ubud the coordinators introduced themselves and some of the other participants which had already arrived. Other than that there wasn‘t much planned for the day, which was good because we all were extremely exhausted from flying so much. The jet-lag hit me hard.
On the next day – Monday- our introduction week started with a breakfast, where we got to meet all the other participants that were now complete and would spend the rest of the introduction week with us. After that our coordinator Arya, who did an awesome job throughout the whole time, explained a lot about Balinese culture and the big differences between their way of living and ours.
Then he took us to Ubud, a really big but still very traditional city, which is right next to Penestanan, where we got to see a temple, the famous Monkey Street and Monkey Forest and the Ubud market. The day ended with us witnessing a traditional Balinese dance show called Kecak, which was very intense and interesting. All in all the first day was the perfect start into one of the best times of my life.
Throughout the rest of the introduction week, we got to experience even more of the Balinese culture, learned a bit of Indonesian, did a Batik painting (which is now hanging in my home), learned how to cook a traditional Balinese meal including Gado-Gado, sweet tempe and fried banana, learned how to do a Balinese flower offering.
At the final point of the week, we got to do a spiritual tour, where we visited the famous temple “Pura Tirta Empul”, the holy water temple.
There we had the possibility to offer the flower offerings which we made the day prior and take part in the holy water ceremony where you shower yourself under fountains of the holy water.
We had a lot of fun during the introduction week, which was due to the wonderful people that participated with me, the team from Green Lion but also because we really did learn a lot of interesting things about Bali and the traditions.
I couldn‘t have been happier that I made the decision to finally go to Bali.
During the weekend we didn‘t have any program, so, me and some of the other participants decided to rent a villa in Canggu, which is a very touristic city next to the ocean. You‘ll see a lot of typical „western“ things in Canggu and also tons of tourists.