After having spent really quiet days in a really quiet Darwin, I said see ya to that wonderful Country called Australia.
I had taken the decision to change the route of this trip while I was (freaking out) on Rottnest Island a few weeks ago.
Australia is amazing, for the people, the breathless landscapes, the wildlife. It has a special light, really. I know I saw just a few things, I know I’m missing Melbourne, Sydney, all the East Coast, Uluru. Think that I was almost leaving without seing a kangaroo!
And I even know that the visa I have is granted for just once in a life and the most reasonable thing would be exploit this opportunity. But staying in Australia now would mean looking for another whatever kind of job, facing the competition of other backpackers (and it’s really high), try to escape the party life, stop for a few weeks and then start the show all over again. I did that, it was fine and it was the original idea, but now I’m not happy with that anymore. Maybe I will go back later on, maybe not..I don’t know!
If you expected coherence from me, sorry, you would be disappointed… I’m curious to see new things, explore different Countries…so I headed towards South East Asia!
A little detail is that from now on I’ll have to rely just on my few savings (all that I earned in Australia has just gone), so I can’t really make any plan. Let’s just stick with the present, saying that now I’m in Indonesia,where in a few weeks I will take part to a really interesting event I found by chance on Couchsurfing (and this has been the final impulse to buy the ticket).Indonesia is huuuge (more than 17,000 Islands) had to start somewhere…and I started from Bali, that is a popular holiday destination among Australians, so it’s a kind of soft transition for me.
I’m spending these first days in Kuta, the most touristic part and the closest to the Airport. It’s good to get a taste of the Island, but for sure I would not spend the whole time here.
Kuta is popular for surfing – not really for swimming as tides are really strong and it’s dangerous – and shopping. Today I ended up to the beach and every step I made was: Massage? Hat? Bracelet? Chairs? Surf? I can teach you! Every single step!
Then I went to Jalan Jegian – the main road – and of course it was the same…vendors are really “aggressive”. Sometimes, they grab your arm or chase you. But so far I like it.
The hostel where I’m staying is nice and quite original: 3 bunk beds! And of course I’m so lucky that even this time, free climbing!
I would like to try couchsurfing even here or at least meeting some locals. Indonesia is pretty an active community on CS.
And I have to decide where to go after Kuta…
Let’s see what happens!