One of the perks of international teaching is that you get a much-needed fall break (usually in October) to help you restore yourself to sanity before finishing the semester. This year, SAS had their fall break in November and Daniel and I decided to visit Bali. We paired up with another newbie couple, The DeMicheles, and rented a villa in Nusa Dua for our first fall break experience.
Traveling out of Singapore was seriously an amazing experience because the Changi International Airport is like it’s own tourist attraction for the country. The airport is clean, modern, and has incredible areas like a movie theater, PS3 stations, Sunflower Gardens, LAN gaming rooms, and my favorite a Xbox Kinect studio where you could dance to your hearts content.
Our flight to Bali was under 2 ½ hours, and our driver picked us up at the airport before heading off to Nusa Dua. It took around 30 minutes to get to our villa, which was a nice since we landed a little later in the evening. The next day we spent lounging, which was exactly what we needed. We stayed at the Villa Bali Becik, which was in a fantastic area because we were literally at the end of a row of at least 10 luxury resorts had a great running path connecting all of them. If you want to read more of a review of the villa, click here.
Bali is truly a beautiful country with even more beautiful people. Something that always gets me down about Singapore is that sometimes the Singaporeans lack personality or senses of humor. In Bali, that was not the case. The Balinese smile, laugh, greet, and always seem genuinely happy to have you in their country. They also love talking about their culture and country, which Daniel and I are always happy to hear about.
If I were going to describe Bali to an American, the best way to put it would be like Mexico meets Hawaii. It’s not quite third world, but also is not like taking a trip to the British Virgin Islands. The people we dealt with spoke English fairly well, but most of the time it was Dan and I smiling and nodding our heads while dissecting what was said to us afterwards. In the end, it all worked out well because we never had any mix ups or problems and picked up some Bahasa (the language spoken in Indonesia) in the end.
My next couple of posts will be about our mini-excursions around the island for your reading enjoyment. Until then, here are some pictures from our villa and Nusa Dua!