Hey guys, today I like to write about something joyless, a major problem here in Bali – the traffic.
Of course I can only tell you every sunday how beautiful Bali is but this week I occupy with an accident of a student in our class.
Before I came to Bali this issue bothered me most. Everybody who has ever been in Bali tells you it is horrible and risky, but you can’t really imagine until you stand PHYSICALLY BY YOURSELF IN IT!!!!
For my impression there are no rules. Everywhere you find signs along the street and stripes on the ground but nobody is interested in it. It would be the same if they put some balloons along the streets to admonish you to obey some traffic rules. But for that fact it works pretty good, the most people are thoughtful and patient. Unfortunately there is always an exception to the general rule, some people enter the street without paying attention to the traffic or cross the streets without any respect to the other drivers very fast. Flashlights often confuse more than help to identify where the person wants to go.
So it happened to Jenny, she is not the first one that had got an accident of our group, there were also other ones who slipped on sand or crashed into an other person but they suffered smaller wounds. Jenny shocked me on Wednesday, she got out of the taxi, I saw her an it gave me a heebie-jeebies.
Let me tell you she is such a beautiful girl. Big parts of her legs were damaged, her right complete calf, both knees, her thigh and her right elbow – and she keeps on smiling, amazing. The day before someone drove careless, so she and a friend had to slam on the brakes, but the brakes didn’t work that good (thats just Indonesian brakes!) so Jenny crashed into her friend and slid over the ground. Of course we are happy that nothing worse happened to her and her friend and to say it in Jenny’s words: that will heal! She is such a brave person, today I met her at the hospital – she keeps on smiling. Cutie I wish you a speedy recovery :*
So the point is that you have to think about this high risk before you come to Bali for holiday or studying abroad. Four guys of our group have a daily driver to university they pay 300.000IDR (ca. 20€) per day so they are avoiding the risk to drive with the motorbike. In their words: We want to live!
In the first second it sounds funny, but look at the pictures that is not worth it. Driving a motorbike gives you a lot of freedom, because it is the easiest and quickest way to move wherever you want. A Blue Bird is cheap and does the same (:
I hope I activate your thoughts about that fact I don’t want to scare you just want to give you an impression of what can happen and that you should think about it also in the financial way before you stay for a longer time in Bali.
Have a lovely day, anja