Bali is known to many people as a riff raff, beer drinking, pool swimming, chilled out, money keen, bartering island… But, there’s a whole lot more to where that all came from.
Most tourists fly to the island as the Indonesian rupiah rates quite well in relation to many other foreign currencies making it a cheap holiday destination for singles, couples, party-goers, families and even retirees. Well actually it’s a perfect destination for almost anyone. In general, most tourists are attracted to the diverse amount of resorts, high end motels and hotels, villas over looking rice paddies and the occasional home stay offering an insight into local hospitality, food and lifestyle. Surfers, party goers, relaxed yoga lovers and honeymooners are just a few of the kinds of people you will see and meet on the streets of Bali, especially around the main tourist areas in the South. Tourist areas of Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Canggu and the beautiful Bukit Penisula offer amazing attractions, beaches and views for all to experience. The main streets and umbrella lined beaches populated with Bintang singlet wearing, ice cream eating tourists aren’t where you’ll find me. In dating and living with a Balinese my experiences are priceless and some of closest memories that I hold to my heart. Dwi is from the small fishing village of Medewi on the West Coast of Bali and this is where we call home. The traditional Balinese fishing boats line the horizon at high tide and shoreline at low with a left hander point break that screams a ride for almost half a kilometre. Our easy, laid back life here revolves around the waves, tides, weather and of course the amazing meals that mum cooks for us. Home in Medewi isn’t like home in Australia. It isn’t just one family under one roof on one block of land, each family is different. At Dwi’s there are several buildings that are home to three families, two grandparents and many playful young children always running around. The loud Balinese chatter, cries and giggles of the children along with the crazy overloaded trucks, scooters and cars forever beeping on the crowded highway (practically runs across the front driveway) and the mosque calling for prayer every few hours is pretty much the soundtrack of our life in Medewi. With only a hundred metre ride to the beach and a short five hundred metres or so ride North into the ricefields it is easy to find a quiet place to sit, chill and read a book. The West Coast waves, ceremonies and the easy stress free lifestyle isn’t for everyone although there are thousands that love it. After several friends coming to visit and meeting tourists that wind up in the west, they either love it or believe it can be too quiet with not much to do after spending a few days here. The never ending wave, my beautiful friends, the uniqueness of the place and of course family are the reasons why I hold Medewi so very close to my heart.