A simple way of life.
Being in Tabanan is a bit far from everything. I do not have the restaurants I am used to. I do not have an ATM anywhere near me and it will take me 30 minutes to drive to the nearest one. My food choices are limited. Mostly local food and the portions are smaller. That is not a bad thing though. I am finding my way around these minor inconveniences. Though I should not call them inconveniences. They are more like challenges. I need to make breakfast and I usually go and find lunch and skip dinner. I have made it a two-meal day sort of.
Living by the ocean.
I am a 12-14 minute walk from the ocean. The road that leads to my place here is a major road that handles all the traffic from the ferry. This is a major artery. If this were shut down, the supplies to the island would be too. I need to be careful with my scooter and be mindful of the slightly crazy truckers at the same time.
Every truck takes some wild risks to pass and get one car ahead. At times the truck and scooters are close enough to touch when they pass. Yet at nearly every turn I am seeing incredible rice fields on one side and the ocean on the other. These sights I need to pull over at and I always wonder what is around the next bend. Everywhere I stop is near the ocean with small roads that look like walkways that lead to amazing views
This to them is normal.
I am amazed at all this because this location is new to me. Oddly enough many people in Bali do not know how to swim. I have heard this from other islands as well. Seems off to me but it is kinda weird.
When I talk to people, they are surprised to hear that I am here for a month. Most people who come here, come to surf and stay a week at most.
The more I get to know the locals the more I love the small villages and the atmosphere. It feels a lot like living in the country in Canada with the added benefit of the ocean and the tropical climate. As I mentioned about the little girl earlier. Her parents went off to make money abroad. They send their money back home and save it, investing it into land and farms. Yet the Balinese will return to their home after their stint abroad and be with their family.
My ceremony experience.
Since I changed locations, this area is even quieter than the last one, I like it. However remote the location is, the Balinese people are welcoming and inclusive.
My Airbnb host is a local priest and when I asked him if there would be any ceremonies, he invited me to one. It was rather unexpected and quick, but I also promptly accepted his invitation.
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