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Bali Bustle

Bali Bustle

INDONESIA | Saturday, 22 December 2012 | Views [251]

Having recently returned from Bali after not having had a holiday overseas for seven years I was surprised how easily I slipped back in to the role of being a travelling adventurer.
It was down to me to face the arduous task of heroically and selflessly diving from massage parlour to the beach and, if the wind was in the right direction, even the local bars!
The sights, sounds and smells of Legian; The region I stayed in, south of the island, were breath taking. The whole area seemed to be constantly moving, and it was only a trained eye who knew which way that actually was.
The traffic was erratic, but at the same time quite exhilarating, and once you had worked out the Balinese highway code... which, in all fairness only consisted of one word, 'Survive' then you were free to experience the vastly diverse culture of that region.

The people of Bali are ever so friendly and would always make an effort to make you feel welcome. In the short time I stayed there I had already begun to forge some good friendships with some of the hotel staff and local business owners.

Once I had initially absorbed myself in their way of life a bit, I ventured out into the humid city with my camera, hoping to capture some of the thrills and excitement that Legian had to offer. Most notable of events was when I photographed a man on a horse and cart that smiled at me, exactly the same time his horse 'smiled', bearing it's teeth as well.
The image was, unfortunately obscured from condensation where I had recently left the air conditioned hotel room. So there began my first lesson in photographing in a humid climate.

Travelling from Perth to Bali was an enjoyable experience, made better by the friendly transfer rep. and driver who were keen to make the start of our trip a fun and memorable one.

Night life in Legian is as fast paced as as the daytime traffic. The lights from all the bars and the music is quite invigorating and combined with the friendly staff of the bars, you are sure to have an enjoyable evening. Meal prices are exceptionally reasonable and you can survive quite comfortably on a small amount of money.
It is always recomeded to tip the staff, especially if you wish to return again another night.

I hope to return to Bali again in February where I hope to take more pictures of the life and pace of Legian. I hope I will be fortunate enough to capture some of the local religious festivals, with the bright floral offerings and smiling worshippers.

Tags: bali, first time, review

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