How to move around Bali
Walking… it seems like such a simple action right? You just get out of the house and go for a walk. Well think again, because in Bali it just isn’t that easy.
We are both used to big cities where you can choose to get to a place on foot if you don’t feel like taking the subway or the bus. Who doesn’t enjoy a nice early morning stroll, before traffic jams and shops open or going for a walk in a park to stretch your legs and get some fresh air after a long day at the office.
Well in Bali walking as a mean of transport should be considered an extreme sport. Most streets don’t have sidewalks, you can only find that in some areas, generally it seems to be in streets with more tourist oriented shops. In our area for example, some parts of the street have an area that is cemented that you can walk on, but not all of it, in other parts there is only a rim next to the water drain (which is open). But be aware because even in the cemented parts there is a big chance you will find a hole. We like to joke about it being an obstacle race, we feel like we are in one of those shows where contestants have to jump through hoops or climb over fences. It is definitely exciting!
It was only after a couple days that we understood why everyone just rides a motorbike everywhere, and it’s not only because of the lack of a sidewalk but also because of the weather factor, it is hot.
Nevertheless, we still walk to most places, we just prepare as if we were going on a hike, we refill our water bottles, put on plenty of sunscreen and make sure to get an early start to avoid the heat and rush hour.