Bali is such a beautiful place; we fell in LOVE with it when we were here on holidays, you get to read at the beach drinking coconut water and have a beer while watching the sunset, but living here is a little different.
It is the small everyday things that make the biggest difference sometimes. Lately we are craving lettuce, yes, you heard us right, lettuce! As silly as it sounds, we can’t find lettuce at the local market, in order to buy some we would need to go to a bigger “premium” supermarket, it is not something that you can find just anywhere. Another item we are having trouble finding, and we know this is going to sound ridiculous, but we can’t find a big jar of coconut oil ANYWHERE! They probably don’t use it as we do and therefore we can’t find it in the shops we think it should be. It is one of those things we just assumed we should be able to find everywhere. In any case, when it comes to food, sometimes it is just easier and cheaper to eat out, we did the numbers and a very simple meal from the supermarket (chicken breasts and corn or cheese sandwiches) ended up costing more than a nasi goreng (the typical fried rice dish they make here). Also, because we don’t want to buy food that comes in plastic wrapping or containers the supermarket isn’t really the best option for us. So we have been going to this local eat in place near our home everyday, twice a day, it is part of our routine and gives us a little break from our screens, which is nice!
On the bright side, we are getting to buy all kind of tropical fruits from a local fruit shop, we can’t get enough of the papayas, pineapples and watermelons. Those are the fruits that we didn’t buy in Europe because they came from so far away it just didn’t make sense for us!
But the biggest issue for us here is that so many things come in individual plastic containers or plastic wrapping, TOO MANY! There are individual cups of water that come with a tiny plastic straw, you can’t drink tap water here, so they sell that on the side of the road, or offer it to you when you go to a shop or warehouse. We always try to carry our reusable water bottles that we refill at home. And for those of you who don’t know, there isn’t a public recycling system, it is a service you can hire but most people can’t afford to do it. The amount of plastic we see in water sewage and the side of the road is heartbreaking.
At the same time though, this is why we are here and it definitely keeps us motivated and working really hard to start our brand and give back while doing so.