We’ve all heard of that magical place somewhere on the other side of the world (Well, at least for me it’s at the other end, to be precise 17000km away from home). As my husband and I decided to finally have our honeymoon more than 3 years after our wedding, we were so excited to go to Indonesia. Indonesia is so different from Germany, obviously. And it’s not just about the weather (which is really nice!) or the fact that there seems to be close to no highway code (which is very disturbing for a German at first :D). It’s about mentality. People always smile and time seems to run slower in Bali.
You wake up and you don’t have to pull the curtain to have a look whether the sun is shining (As a photographer I’m ALWAYS checking the weather forecast!). It always is. You leave the house or the hotel room and there are frangipani blossoms everywhere on the ground. You step into the street and smell rice and joss sticks. You see many colours, scooters (sometimes with a whole family riding it) and offerings for the gods all around.
The flight was quite long with a total of 17 hrs and when we arrived, David and I were totally fagged out. Nevertheless, we almost immediately went to the beach because we arrived on “late” afternoon and wanted to see the sunset. The sun always rises at 6 am and sets at 6 pm, which is quite irritating at first, but one quickly gets used to it and develops a whole different daily rhythm. It had been a long time since I’ve seen the ocean, but I always felt to gravitate towards it. I was stunned by the beautiful colours of the sunset, which were so rich and pastelic at the same time. I couldn’t get enough of it and we ended up spending almost the whole first evening at the beach watching the sunset.
On the second day we began our four-days-trip around the island with a group of other Germans. The group was ragtag and we had a lot of fun together. (An dieser Stelle viele liebe Grüße!) We visited many beautiful temples, watched a traditional “Barong” dance, visited rice fields, an organic farm, a market, black volcano beaches and lots more. The trip was absolutely amazing and I want to say thank you to our guide Gunatra, who is such a kind and funny person! You’re doing a great job!
After the trip we enjoyed our time at the hotel and spent the remaining week surfing, eating out (we found this gorgoeus Australian restaurant), swimming and reading at the pool and we even went to Waterbom Bali, the world’s #3 best waterpark. All in all, it was a very nice holiday and I will remember it for the rest of my life.
I had never been so far away from home, but I fell in love with this small island. In the native tongue, Bali means “Come back”
– and I hope I will.