Yummy Saturday dinner for €1,3

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In this place I bought dinner

When passning this place to go for dinner last night, we were amazed by how good it smelled from the grill and how many people were eating outside.

So tonight we decided to bring home some street food, and were totally satisfied with both price and taste.

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Blurry pic of the men packing our food

Not only was the service fast and good, the guys working in the stand were super nice and friendly.

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Small paper packages

Smart food containers made of plastic lined paper, and stampled into shape.

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One portion of rice, meat and sauce

It was so delicious and very much worth the cost of 20.000 Rupiah per portion, that is about 1,30 Euro or 1,5 USD.

Just wanted to share a really good Bali food-moment! Anders is now planning for us to pick up food from the same place two times tomorrow!

//Wivan

“You want to rent a sun bed?”

“Hello! Foot massas? Manicure? Buy something? Massas?”

The past few days we have practiced the art of saying no; No thank you, No nothing, No we are not interested, No we’re not buying… No massage. Thank you.
No, we’re not from Germany. And no taxi, thanks!

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Practice to walk in Bali traffic

There are many people who sell services and goods to all the tourists here, and of course we’re meeting many of them as we walk on the streets, the beach or just look into a shop.

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Sun beds at Kuta beach

When we walked to the beach and back both yesterday and today, many cars and scooters have slowed down beside us, and the driver asking if we wanted transportation. The streets are busy and the traffic moves quickly, so it is a bit of a challenge to figure out the tempo and “rules”. Now we’re starting to get a hang of it, and it’s easier to find a gap that’s big enough for us to be able to cross the streets.

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Walking in Kuta

As Anders said yesterday; it’s interesting to get to know this part of Bali by foot. And both of us are certain we don’t want to stay longer here in Kuta than the nights we’ve already booked and pre-paid for; it’s too busy, too many tourists and feels expensive though the prices are much lower than we’re used to from Europe.

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In the middle of hotels, houses and shops

Have we bought anything at all? Yes! We had a “we’re lost-coffee” yesterday, rented sun beds on the beach (but not from all that asked), we’ve had smoothies and fresh coconut in a couple small beach bars, got a Balinese sim-card, a dress for Wivan, and some t-shirts + a new pair of flip-flops for Anders.

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Green juice at cool beach bar

Oh, by the way! We start to get used to this all, we’re doing well and are slowly getting accustomed to the heat. Still no plans for next week, but research in progress.

Lots of sunshine // Anders and Wivan

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Snack: grilled corn cob

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At the beach earlier today

Arrived and curious in Bali

It’s 6.25 on Thursday morning in Indonesia and we have woken up after a first night in “our” apartment in Kuta on Bali. Can’t sleep any longer and we’ll share a mango before walking towards the beach.

Yesterday we became millionaires by the way! And we will be soon again. The currency here has a lot of zero’s, and to pay a million is far from the same in Dollars, Euros and Kronor.

Oh, and it’s warm outside. Very warm, and it will probably take some time to get used to having 28+ degrees Celsius when opening the door.

Ok, talk to you later!

// Anders and Wivan

Prepared – I think

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Rice cakes

Yesterday I had a terrible blood sugar dip while we were out in the city, doing some shopping and sightseeing.
For that not to happen soon again, we got some extra snacks to be prepared for our upcoming trip.

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Dried fruits and nuts

Up till a few years ago, I often had these terrible dips of blood sugar that basically makes me turn into a monster – an unpleasant experience not only for people around me but also for myself.

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Chia seeds to save the day

This has gotten a lot better, but yesterday was a reminder of how things used to be every now and then, and also showed the importance of me taking care of my basic needs wherever I go. (yes, I did try to be on Anders’ eating schedule for a while yesterday and it didn’t suit me very well – something we both got a very clear picture of…).

So, off I am to get some breakfast and then we’re ready to meet the world!

//Wivan

Into the unknown

On the train to Paris last Friday we were eating our lunch that we brought and I realized we had no clue what that night would be like.

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Train from Toulouse to Paris

There were pictures of the apartment we had rented over the weekend, but one never knows if that is how a place is irl. And we had gotten some suggestions for restaurants in Paris, but nothing was booked and we might not even feel like going out. Is there a grocery store nearby? We had no idea.

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Full moon over Paris tonight

Now we know what the place looks like, that there are great restaurants in the area, several grocery stores and “walking-friendly” streets.
But we’re about to step into the unknown again.

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At the Louvren today

We’re leaving Europe tomorrow, to go via Qatar to Bali, a trip of more than 24 hours from door to door.
In Bali we’re booked for a six-nights stay in Kuta – nothing else is planned. We know the food will be different, the sounds, the temperature and the sun, the people and nature – most things will be different from here, and still we will meet people; people that all have the same needs, desires and wishes as most other human beings.

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Tour Eiffel

So we’re ready to meet what comes our way, curious of how we will react to what is new to us, interested in discovering new places and people from all paths of life.

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Montmartre

Tired from walking, grateful to spend our days together and curious about life.

With love,
Wivan and Anders

Monday morning

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Morning bath in Paris

Some days we smile a little extra at the difference in way of living we enjoy nowadays. Like a bath on a Monday morning in a rented airbnb-apartment close to Montmartre in Paris. It’s a nice contrast to the last weeks of country life and farm work.
Nothing lasts forever, and the way we live is a manifestation of just that – we change, places change and our surroundings change. So how can we make the best out of it?
Today Anders and I enjoy a day of no schedule, no obligations and some small preparations before we fly to Bali tomorrow afternoon.

How can you make a change that benefits you?
//Wivan