Sunday, May 31, 2009

Living in Bali & Volunteering

I am thoroughly enjoying my stay here in Bali! I have been fortunate to be able to make an excellent volunteer connection both with the SOS "Village" and with the Handicapped Children Home.

There are many ways to get around Bali, including renting a motorbike, but I chose to hire a driver .... Iyou. It costs me between $20 and $40 per day for Iyou to take me to one of the volunteer sites. Sometimes I'd also pay for the gas, so it got to be a little more. SOS Village in Tabanan is the furthest, takes the longest time, and hence costs the most too! Iyou is a very safe driver, which one needs here.... since traffic has an ebb and flow to it that I'm not sure I'm willing to flow with on my own just yet!

Since my arrival in Bali, I've been staying in the south in the town of Legian which is right next to Kuta. The red points to Legian on the map. SOS Village in Tabanan is indicated by the white pointer. Although not that far .... the roads here are narrow .... what we would think of as a single lane road, has two way traffic, with parked vehicles on the sides and motorcycles that continually are zipping in and out of traffic.

Add a funeral procession and the traffic can be a nightmare!

I'm staying in a "surfer" hotel ... so am within easy walking distance of the beach. My little room is on the third floor. Really basic, but it suits me just fine. It has a fan, and since the nights do cool off a bit, that is comfortable for me. I've been staying at different hotels .... all of them very delightful... the staff very helpful.

The room is costing me about $20 per day, so with the cost of the hotel room, food, water (must buy bottled water!) and transportation, I seem to be spending between $40 and $70 per day. Not bad for staying on the "Island of the gods!"

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