Hi there! This is To My, a 23-year-old German girl – reporting live from Bali, Indonesia!
It has been almost two weeks since I first touched down in Bali and there’s quite a bit to tell you guys, but one thing at a time…
I bet most of you are struggling with wether to book an accommodation beforehand or to go house hunting after your arrival. I personally didn’t want to book anything from back home since it was important for me to see the different areas in Bali myself, to be able to make the right decision regarding where I should live.
I stayed in a hostel in Seminyak (Capsule Hotel New Seminyak; highly recommended!) the first week and just recently moved to some kind of “Guesthouse” with two other girls.
Even though it is a really nice place we’re not totally satisfied with the location, so unfortunately this is probably going to be a temporary stay only as well.
Of course it would have been much easier if I had booked an accommodation beforehand, but I heard about and actually also met a lot of people who paid loads of money for a house they’ve only seen on pictures and then ended up being disappointed about the real condition and/or the location. And that is a risk I didn’t want to take. But there’s no one right way to do it, this is something you have to decide for yourself.
However one thing you should definitely book in advance is a s c o o t e r ! It’s probably one of the most important things during your semester in Bali and most of the scooters are already rented out before university even starts. My friends had to learn the hard way and now they’re paying double the price for their scooters (usually it’s 550-600k IDR a month). At first the traffic over here might seem a little bit suicidal to you but you will get use to it really quickly! Just pay attention and stick to the left side in the beginning and you’ll be fine. But never drive without a helmet!
For other transportation possibilities I can also recommend Uber and GrabTaxi. You can download both Apps on your smartphone for convenient and cheap traveling. However the easiest and usually fastest way to get around the island is by scooter, so you should definitely get used to it! I know it’s easier said than done (especially for the girls), I got to University by Uber the first couple of days haha
Talking about university – after we GoBali students were nicely welcomed to Universitas Udayana last tuesday, we started with regular classes the following day. Like the majority of the exchange students in Bali I’m taking business classes over here, specializing on Leadership and Entrepreneurship. We have classes on wednesday to friday only and from saturday to tuesday we’re off. So there’s lots of time to explore the island and to relax 😀 Which is what I did the last couple of days. Due to all the house hunting I didn’t have the time to do anything really exciting but I took a surfing lesson organized by our activity manager, spent some days tanning at the beach, did a little bit of shopping and had lots of great food in restaurants and local warungs. My camera roll looks like all I do is eat haha
My next post is going to be a little bit more exciting (hopefully haha), promise!
xx // To My