To see more of Bali I booked a cycling tour with Bali Breeze Cycling Tour and I was so happy that I did it. It was the perfect way to get over my culture shock.
It made me come out of Ubud into the wonderful Balinese countryside. We cycled along volcanos, hundreds of temples, traditional houses with offers in front of them, dogs, chicken, cows, little shops and factories, waving children and beautiful rice fields. We made some stops to see how coffee is produced and we were invited to see how the Balinese people live.
We had a great tour guide that told us all about life in Bali. The good and the bad parts. At the end of the tour we got a delicious meal and the daughter of the company manager and her friends performed traditional dancing for us. That is when this picture was taken.
After work and travelling abroad for seven months I flew home with a stopover in Bali where I stayed for three days.
I was a 19-year-old blond and maybe a little naiv European girl. I remember being tired and arriving at the airport. As soon as the doors of the arrival hall opened around 100 men ran towards me shouting 'taxi, taxi, beautiful lady come into my taxi'. That was probably the first time that I experienced a real culture shock. I hurried to my hotel while being approached by multiple more people. I didn't leave the hotel that day because I felt so uncomfortable. Luckily the next day I took all my courage together and went to see more of Bali. And I am so glad I did! Bali is such a beautiful island. It took me a short while to get used to it but the more people I talked to the more I started to appreciate the Balinese culture. After the three days I was only sad that I couldn't stay here any longer.
The Blue Mountains are definitely worth visiting when in Australia. Just beautiful! This is already the last photo from Australia that I will post. Somehow I am not totally happy with the photos that I took. But I guess that it is just another reason to come back to see more of this amazing country.
The Coconut! If you live in an area where this amazing plant grows, you can enjoy its hydrating water, pact full of potassium or enjoy its milk which can be made from the meat of the coconut. They’re so many beneficial uses from this plant. If you find yourself on Maui look up #punakeapalms to learn more.
What I love about Australia is that a lot of wild animals live here that you can't find anywhere else. I have visited two wildlife parks where you can see Australian animals from up close. Often you can even feed the animals. That is how most tourists take the famous kangaroo selfies. I was walking through the wildlife park when I saw a woman trying to feed an emu. And then I learned that you shouldn't feed emus! These big birds can be aggressive. But they turn out to be great posers for pictures...
After staying in New Zealand for six months I continued my journey to Australia. Here I travelled around for almost a month. I started at Fraser Island and made my way down the east coast to Melbourne and Great Ocean Road. Australia is an amazing country to travel! It is actually very different from New Zealand. Australia is much bigger and it takes much more time to travel around. In most places the climate is warmer and more humid but even within Australia the climate varies a lot. The landscapes look very different to the landscapes in New Zealand but not any less beautiful. Australia has great big cities to which New Zealand cities look like villages. What I loved most is that Australia has so many animals that can only be found here. From kangaroos, koalas, tasmanian devils, wombats, emus, crazy birds... And the list goes on. Culturewise I didn't find Kiwis and Aussies very different from each other but I will probably be banned from both countries for saying that 😅 Nonetheless both countries are absolutely worth a visit.
This is the last picture where I take you back to my time abroad in New Zealand. I came here for six months when I was 18 years old. I can only recommend everyone to do a gap year and to visit this beautiful country. I have loved every second of it. New Zealand will forever have a special place in my heart ❤️