Hey guys, my name is Annina and I just started studying with GoBali at the Udayana University. Today I would like to share my first impressions of Bali with you, especially regarding the warmth of the people and their will to help strangers. This is my first time visiting Asia and I still have to get used to it. There are several new habits, manners and ways to look at the world, you have to learn, until you got into the way Asians think. Balinese people are very curious, helpful and friendly people. They always smile at you (with or without teeth) and they love to relax and do things very slowly. Compared to life back home, they take their time. There is always time for a chat and a cup of Balinese kopi (coffee) inbetween.
I am here since two weeks and I got so much help offered by the locals yet. They helped me finding an apartment to stay by taking me on their scooter and driving me from address to address, even bargaining for a cheaper rent for me to pay. The other day I walked into a juice shop, ordering a delicious juice (You should try! They taste amazing!), the family, owning the shop, asked me where I was from, what I was doing here and if I have a place to stay yet or if I need any help. After three days I went back to their juice shop and told them I found a place to stay and wanted to say farewell. They asked me how I would get there. I told them I will order a taxi. “Too much money” the cousin of the owner said, “How big is your luggage?” I told him I had one suitcase, one carryon-baggage and my friend from the Netherlands who had a backpack as well is going to move with me. “Tidak masalah, no problemo!” the cousin said. I will put your luggage on my scooter and I will get you there as well. Now you think, it´s impossible to move on a scooter with two suitcases and three people. I would agree to that. But Bali taught me better. This was just crazy. You can´t imagine how much you can put on an ordinary scooter! So I moved from Kuta to Jimabaran without paying any money. The only thing the cousin wanted was me teaching him English from time to time.
All these people knew me barely, but the Balinese live their life according to a special mantra: “Is does not matter where you are from, how you look, if your skin is dark or white, if you are rich or poor. As long as you are nice to everyone and smile to them, they will treat you right an offer you help and advice.”
Going abroad to another country can be fearful and you need to be brave, but if you come here people will reward you the “Balinese way”: Talking about a lot of big smiles, helping hands and sharing their beautiful culture and customs with you.
Terima Kasih for reading and selamat tidur ,