So why Bali for vacay from here in Seattle?
Close to my parents in Mumbai and brother in Singapore ✓
Good weather over Christmas break so I don’t use up my vacation✓
VISA upon arrival for Indian nationals ✓
Enough things to do for a week – 10 days ✓
I thought, this would be interesting. My left rib cage hurt from totaling my car the day before the day before flying…in yet another country, Canada. Also, I had a septoplasty in November. I decided to go easy on the sports. I wanted to go hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving and to Waterbom but I’d have to tone it down. I thought I’d ask my dad. He is a doctor.
I flew the pacific route via Eva air. It’s 10 hours from Seattle to Taipei and then another 5 to Denpasar, Bali. Indian nationals don’t need to have a Visa to fly via Taipei. Perfect! I saw crazy rich Asians on the flight!
I thought my Verizon travel pass was $5 a day like Canada. Turned out it is $10 a day for Taiwan and Indonesia. I used WiFi and tethered my brother’s phone. He got a SIM from a phone store. Walking through a 6 fold immigration line, I thought San Francisco was probably not that bad.
Dec 19, 2018 was my first day in Bali. Bali is a Hindu province in a majority muslim Indonesia. Every neighborhood has 3 temples. One inside, one outside and one community temple. Indonesia is an archipelago of 17,508 islands. The temples, lush greenery and various arts are the draw of Bali, It is a 4 hour flight from Australia. Majority of tourists are from India, China and Australia. People are calm and nice.
Even their local politicians look tame on the banners.