Real Life Captured #267: Bali Indonesia! Part Eighteen (10 photos)

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Hey there friends and followers! In this "Real Life Captured Series" I do my best to bring you exactly that; the real life captured from destinations all around the world! After sixteen years of travel experience my favorite thing to do is walk around! That's right, I simply like to go to foreign countries and walk around. I observe (and now photograph) the people, food, culture, way of everyday life and bring it to you in this "Real Life Captured Series".

I first came to Bali seven years ago where I bicycled around the island for two months with my girlfriend at the time. I remember how it was then and it's quite similar to how it is now. However it's simply more densely populated. The streets are more crowded and the traffic which was bad before is now horrendous on most of the island. Prices have gone up and gauging tourists is common place.

I will probably never be coming back to Bali simply because I do not want to share this relatively small island with now 4.5 million people! The "chill" has been all but totally taken away from Bali. I've met foreigners who have lived here for twenty years, and they all say the same thing..."it's not what it used to be."

However there are still good deals to be had and a good lifestyle to be found. There are some less busy spots in the north of the island like Pemuteran and Lovina, but it's far away and isolated from everything else. Very little balance on Bali in this regard, you're either in a traffic Jam in Ubub or the Southern Coast with everything at your fingertips or you are isolated with nothing to do.

I've just spent about two months on the Island and these photos are a mix of real life captured and my life captured. I met a few lovely girls on the island, mainly Guitta a local here and you'll see her mixed through the photos. You'll see pictures from all over the island as I took a motor bike trip with Guitta around the entire Island.

In this series of posts you will see, temples, rice fields, monkeys, locals living their lives, some of my personal experiences, and you'll see the traffic that I'm talking about and get a good idea of what Bali looks like once you step outside of your hotel. Now come along and let's have a look around Bali Indonesia!

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My pal keeps telling me I should move the ball instead of Vietnam. thank you sir Mark and about how it is an inexpensive place to live and has incredible nature. I do enjoy seeing these photos of actual life there though that's for sure.

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Yes, Bali is a pretty good option, but I met many retirees who have been living there for a decade or longer and they all saying the same thing. "It's not what it used to be" I was there 10 years ago myself, and it's simply gotten too popular, very overcrowded. But, if you are into the simple life and are good on a motor bike you can find a private place away from the hustle and bustle of the densely populated parts of the island, which are primarily in the south. However restaurants, western super markets, and society in general will be a hectic ride to get to.

Also if you choose Bali, be assured to have an international drivers license there, as the police look for foreigners to pull over and harass, then extort, and take bribes. Which happened to me and just about every visitor I met getting around on a motor bike.

They were just pulling anyone with a white face off to the side of the road. I was among ten others they were shaking down at the same time. It was really corrupt and discriminatory.

Also they have a thing called a friendship visa or something like that. The pros are that you can stay in the country for 8 months continuously, but you can NOT leave the country during that time or your visa is canceled, AND every month you have to go to the immigration office and pay money, which is a real pain and makes you simply feel unwelcome there.

Then again you can rent a comfortable place for as little as 100 dollars a month, a motor bike for about 40 dollars a month, food (especially if you cook yourself) is very inexpensive, and you can use the ap "gojack" to get professional massages in your home for about $4.50.

My friend Guillume @teamsteem has made his home in Cambodia for the past 6 months. He says the main reason he stayed there is because he easily got a 6 months visa, which can be renewed easily as well.

He likes Phnom Phen the capital, but it certainly would not be my first choice for that country.

I think you are doing pretty darn well overall. South East Asia is a very special place to call home, and don't blame you one bit for staying there long term.

Anyway.....I'll be in touch and have a great day! -Dan

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