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10 things we’ve learned on Bali

1. Drink lots of water and don’t be afraid of sweating like you have never heard of it before.

2. Inform yourself what the weather will be like at the time you arrive. Be careful, don’t trust the Internet. 30 degrees don’t actually mean that it’s sunny all day. Monsoon time is whenever you’ll get shocked with a rain Fontaine from above, but it most of all times only lasts for about half an hour.

3. Get dirty and wet! It’s just nothing wrong with having a little dirt on you shorts and shoes and if you get wet it will get dry again in minutes. Dry clothes are overrated anyway.

4. To accept new traffic habits. First of all if you want to get somewhere, use a motorcycle. Use this as your motto: “Optimum utilization of the road.” … use every free space to get ahead of others, whether it’s the sidewalk or the dirt. In Bali there is left hand-traffic in addition of right hand-traffic where it’s convenient. Don’t be afraid to just go. You just have to want it.

5. To handle unusual and insane amounts of money. If your used to pay with your small euro or dollar bill, you’ll definitely have to be good in mental arithmetic to know what your spending. If you’re a millionaire in Indonesian Rupiah, you aren’t a millionaire in real life.

6. The people are probably one of the most friendly and kind I’ve ever met. If they want you to experience something special from their culture, home or coffeeshop, they even give it to you for free. You just have to take it as granted and be kind, even if you don’t know if you’ll like it.

7. The local food is killing it. Holy smoke. So good. There is food everywhere. Go and find the local street food dealer of your trust and try to get a bit of everything, you’ll love it. It’s spicy and with lots of rice.

8. To eat with your hands. It seems weird in the beginning, but you’ll like it in the end. Even try to get the rice in your mouth with your fingers.

9. Try a fresh coconut, you’ll feel like your in heaven.

10. Suksma! Means, thank you. Always good to give a little bit of love back to the people.

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