Letting choice take time or not

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South East Asia

Sometimes it’s good and easy to make decisions fast, at other times it’s better to give it some more consideration or just leave it for a bit and see what more comes to mind in the meantime.

We’re living in that type of space at the moment; making some decisions fast and let others take more time.

Like the situation of where to stay from tomorrow. We’ve had so many ideas coming up, and there’s been some uncertainty regarding what we’d really like to do next. The only two things that sort of boxes us in, are the 30-day visa here in Indonesia, and our next house sit that starts on December 18th in Singapore.

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Next destination: Amed

What do we really want to do here in Bali? We accepted the fact that the decision of where to go from here on would take some time, and meanwhile we’ve been looking at maps and online to get inspiration. Finally, this morning, we booked a stay in Amed on Bali’s east coast where snorkling is supposed to be great, the nature holds many varieties and there are less tourists.

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Zooming out

We also got a new idea; to extend our visa and stay in Indonesia the whole time until we leave for Singapore. So we tried that idea, we even went to a visa
extension office – and then dropped the idea again. The price of an extension, in our situation, was 2 million Rupiah per visa and for that money we can fly someplace else and rather come back to Indonesia another time.

Where we’ll go when our visa expired is not yet clear – so we let it be for a while and know that a decision (and new ideas) will come.

// Anders and Wivan

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“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