Talkative tuktuk drivers

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Tuktuk ride to town

Imagine sitting in a slightly windy spot where traffic is all around and a big bus passes right next to you. Honking horns, people waving and in the middle of this: someone, with his back turned towards you, talking in broken English. He’s asking questions about what country you are from, where you stay, how long you’re staying in Sri Lanka and all of a sudden an odd question about going to a snake farm.

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Shopping from the bread tuktuk

This is what a lot of tuktuk rides are like. A kind of game, where you try to guess what question you’re supposed to answer, or asking three times over what he asked last…
It’s really bad if it’s a “disco tuktuk” with large speakers playing loud music, and a driver who’s about to hit every moving object on the road.

A taxi ride in Europe will be like a quiet walk in the park after these months in Asia!

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Anders so wanting to buy a tuktuk!

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There’s always something happening in a city

Cars driving, people talking, traffic lights.

Chinese New Year decoration

Chinese New Year decoration

A dog on the sidewalk, kids playing, the sound of a bouncing tennis ball.

Clear directions

Clear directions

Coffee takeaway, a bicycle passing, the smell of cooking food.

Great World City Mall

Great World City Mall

A door that opens, a huge shopping mall covering the entire sight, umbrellas in the hands of walking people.

Robertson Quay walking bridge

Robertson Quay walking bridge

High heels, sport shoes, balloons and music.

Shopping district

Shopping district

Jogging, the smell of fresh bread, grown ups riding kick boards.

Central Expressway

Central Expressway

A honking horn, concrete, falling rain.

People, people, people

People, people, people

Lush green leafs, water, boats.

Fullerton Road

Fullerton Road

Cellphones, buses, birds.

Rooftop installation

Rooftop installation

Commercial, toilets, plastic bags.

Clear directions

Clear directions

Smells, noises, views, sensations and tastes.

Backpacker in Kampong Glam

Backpacker in Kampong Glam

Big and small, high and low, loud and quiet. Dark and light, new and old.

Construction site

Construction site

Friends, family, love, fear, workdays, parties.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Religion, morning walks, babies learning to talk.

Little India clean out

Little India clean out

Schools, maps, songs, tears, laughter, discussions, negotiations, movies, pictures, lyrics, paint, windows, walls, buildings, parks, streets, joy, depression, anger, holidays, practice and perfection.

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

There’s always something going on in a city.

“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

“Green Gubb Strategy”

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Green light a night in Paris

When we’re in a city, and there are traffic lights, we often use our home made “Green Gubb Strategy” to guide us.

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Not this way

For example, if there are several options of where to go, we simply choose the way where there is a green light for walking.

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Let's go this way!

So, isn’t this a quite different way of deciding on where to eat dinner, where to walk or which shop to choose compared to doing tons of research online or always using a map? Sure it is, and we enjoy a little bit of both, but actually mainly go with the “Green Gubb”, to se where we get, whom we meet and what comes in our way. One of many ways to play in life!

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Sort of waiting for green light...

What’s with the “Gubb” then?! Well, that’s what the Green traffic light for walkers is called in Swedish, so we just made it a bit more international.

Enjoy your weekend!
// Wivan and Anders

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The Green light guide