Hey guys! My name is Jana, I am from Germany and just started my study abroad program at the Udayana University in Bali. My Bali adventure started 9 days ago and a lot of things already happend! First of all you have to know that Indonesia is a whole different world. The people, the food, the mentaliy and especially the traffic are very, very different from everything you know in Europe. Not in a bad way, just in a way one is not used to. It is a thing I learned to memorize: It is not bad, just different.
I rented a Villa with 6 other people over the Internet, which is a very intelligent choice to make. Everyone thinking about going to Bali as well should consider doing that too! A lot of people looking for a house when they arrive have trouble finding one, because everything is already booked. One of my roommates picked me up from the airport and we took a taxi (always take the Blue Bird Taxi, because the other ones will charge you way more than you should) to the Villa. Our housekeeper lady with the name Ketut is the sweetest person ever and showed us a lot the first couple of days. She taught us the way to the beach, supermarket and other important things and locations.
Our Villa was even nicer than on the pictures. Here are some examples:
Within 5 days all of my roomates arrived. We are 3 german girls, one german guy and three guys from the Netherlands, which is really nice, because we speak a lot of english in our house. I can only recommend sharing a house with international people, it will open up you mind to new things and cultures even more. I got my scooter the next day and practised a little bit before driving in this crazy traffic. Driving is on the left side and there are no real rules. You only watch out for the people in front of you and not for the ones behind you. Everyone does it so it is a good working system. It is possible that you have an accident, happend to me too. I was lucky but my scooter was pretty messed up. The most important thing is that you get back on the scooter right away and keep practising and driving. After a couple of days you will feel confident driving in this traffic.
The friday before University started GoBali hosted a welcome party at Double Six Beach in Seminyak at Trattoria 66. The location is pretty cool with a rooftop bar. I got to know a lot of nice people which we still hang out with in our freetime. The first day of university is an orientation about how we spent our school year and a nice welcoming by Udayana University-Staff. Today was the first day of lecutres and sometimes it is pretty hard to follow the professor because they have a strong accent. We have a skript so it is okay and we can follow the subject. Bahasa Indonesia is a mandatory class and it is pretty fun. I have a nice and good professor which encourages one to talk and speak a lot so we will learn it faster.
I will let you know how my journey in Bali continues, I bet many more adventures are yet to come!
Hope to see you visit my next entry!