Picking a Place in Bali.
Picking a place on Airbnb can be as interesting as gambling in Vegas. However, the odds are in your favor if you do some research and fancy Google mapping.
I have lived in Bali for a while. When I decide to move around, I check out the areas and scour the net for information, look at Booking.com and read the Airbnb reviews as well. I make sure to use Google Street view as much as possible to check the surrounding areas. One can also see how alive the area is and see if businesses have closed or not in the vicinity. This makes breakfast, lunch, and dinner much easier, as well as necessities. How far the nearest convince store is, is important and one can check traffic in the area at different times of the day.
The Natural Lodge came up on my search and upon seeing it I wanted it. As usual, I had to do my research. While I did check out all the reviews and the writeups I also checked the description of the location.
Interestingly, translations do not always turn out well. For example, a translation for “cleaning every other day” may turn out as “cleaning almost every day”. Now I speak enough Bahasa to know what they mean but many foreigners may shy away from such a place because it sounds weird. My little place however drew me to it more and more. So, when I booked it, I was like, whatever it is, it is only 30 days. However, I was glad I chose it.
I was traveling from Ubud to Balian Beach Tabanan. I visited this location a year earlier at the height of the pandemic. The words sleepy little town would have been an understatement.
This place is two hours from the airport and while it is quite remote, I loved every minute of it. As I neared the location, it was indeed exactly where I thought it would be according to my map and I drove into the small village.
The village setting was exactly that. A rural quaint village with a warm feeling. As I was to find out later, I was staying with Pak Agung, who is a priest in the village.
I was surprised to find out that my host is a priest. In Bali, a priest is different than a North American priest. Pak Agung’s dad was a priest, and his grandfather was a priest. It runs in the family and the priest is born into being a priest.
He does not choose to be a priest; he is born into being one. This birthright comes with responsibilities one must live up to. I was lucky enough to be able to join the community in two amazing ceremonies. I learned so much from my time in Tabanan and will surely visit again.
What I learned here above all else was that respect between all people is a must. I learned that the community here is far, far better than any community I have ever been a part of here or in my many locations in Canada.
The respect, sense of family, and community are incredible here. I must thank Pak Agung and the small community I have grown to admire. All this because I chose to stay at the Natural Lodge and with Pak Agung. Pak, thank you so much for the memories.
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