Dec 05

Nick, over here at Baliblog, wrote an interesting post about moving to and living as a foreigner in Bali. He is now here about 4 years and compares the changes after his first visit in 1993 and today and covers a lot of interesting areas, like

  • Getting hold of moneyBali all-in-one
  • Local transportation
  • What’s the food like?
  • How does the climate affect you?
  • Internet Access
  • Meeting people
  • Whom can you trust out here?
  • Staying in shape
  • What to do all day?
  • Longevity
  • The Balinese People

Besides being an interest read, it’s quite funny as well:

“…My impression of Bali, after visiting in 1993, was a small island, pretty much max’d out with tourism. One on occassion, a couple of German girls, another friend and myself, were walking up a set of steps from a waterfall. As we neared the top, we saw a dozen Germans, singing a song about ‘no beer in Hawaii’, at a restaurant. The girls were aghast, announcing that Bali was already too touristy…”

Read the whole article here.

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5 Responses to “Moving to Bali: Difference in expectations and reality”

  1. ChatalaineNo Gravatar UNITED STATES Says:

    Bali is too touristy that’s for sure so stay away from Kuta beach! Other parts of the island are wonderful.
    You should never trust anyone right away. The values are different. Remember if you have 2 of something and someone else has none… well you will before long own just one!
    The people of Bali, Indonesia are quick to smile. And you will hear very little complaining from any one.
    Be sure and respect their offering to their god. You will see them everywhere! Lots are right on the sidewalk. Just like the Balinese people the offerings are jewels.

  2. balidreamhomeNo Gravatar INDONESIA Says:

    everyone would like to share and feel the beauty of this island if there is left, regarding to the old story…and somehow I think it’s wise to prepared for the unexpected…

  3. Peter RuivivarNo Gravatar CANADA Says:

    It is better not to expect because reality will just show what will really happen. There are so many beautiful places that can be found in Bali.

  4. Brendy ArominNo Gravatar UNITED STATES Says:

    Expectations and reality are very different from each other because most of the time you cannot control things that will unexpectedly happen.

  5. Ric at plantsbypostNo Gravatar UNITED KINGDOM Says:

    I found moving to Bali is a very challenging proposition. Indonesia’s immigration laws are incredibly complex, the laws do not encourage people to move there, and the bureaucracy is difficult to negotiate.

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