Off we go… My first stay is outside of Ubud. It is a small one-room plus kitchen setup at the cost of $500 (CAD) per month.
No, it is not the lap of luxury. For the first time ever, I am in a place without a pool and television. To be fair and honest I never watch TV. I’ll watch Netflix and YouTube. The small unit faces the rice fields, but one never knows what stage and rice will be at when I am moving in. At some point, the locals burn the fields and I am hoping that I’ll avoid that during my stay but no guarantees. Especially not in Bali.
So, what will I do?
Much the same as I usually do. Blogging and putting up ads for my books and my many small jobs. Managing marketing for a skincare company. Helping locals with their social media and taking care of Airbnb accounts on the side. However, my goal as I mentioned before was to help locals and I have several meetings set up with my new friends from Kintamani. This has become a pet project of mine. I never saw myself working with locals like this, but I feel I am helping/contributing and making positive changes.
Helping locals (really!)
My friends will visit me from Kintamani. We already have a plan to fix and market two websites and help with their Airbnb marketing. This group of 6 people are happy to work but cannot be bothered with all the minutia of social media. So, my team and I will take over the marketing and social media of their small business and help them grow.
Visiting and working with locals has different rewards. I get to see how they live, what is important to them and get a very different outlook on life. I feel it is something that not everyone can experience.
I will be having conversations with the locals. People such as Gojek (think Uber) drivers and having fun while connecting with them on a very different level than other foreigners would.
This is the goal of moving around and figuring out what else life has to offer. Watching people around us thrive is incredible. The hardship that has hit with Covid is hard to understand. I am sure there will be many interesting stories.
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