BE­YOND THE TOURIST

Cari Hill ex­plores the ‘real’ Bali

Bali & Beyond - - TEAM TALK - By Cari Hill www.now­be­com­ingthen.co.nz In­sta­gram: @now­be­com­ingthen0

Bali at­tracts an av­er­age of five mil­lion tourists per year, which is huge, con­sid­er­ing it is just one of a whop­ping 18,000 is­lands that make up In­done­sia. Peo­ple flock here for the sun, surf, sand, yoga, and trendy cafés but I was in­ter­ested in see­ing the ‘real’ Bali, in par­tic­u­lar, the real peo­ple of Bali, away from the crowds of tourists. So, I hired a lo­cal driver for the day and asked him to take me any­where he liked away from the crowds, to show me his views of Bali. We wan­dered into tiny vil­lages, sam­pled pro­duce at lo­cal mar­kets, nav­i­gated through rice pad­dies, and en­gaged with dozens of beau­ti­ful lo­cal peo­ple with the warm­est smiles and big­gest hearts. We were in­vited into someone’s house for a wed­ding cer­e­mony, met some kids who squealed with de­light upon see­ing us, saw men and women work­ing hard at their crafts, and im­mersed our­selves in the col­ors and feels of this charis­matic is­land. The lo­cal peo­ple are at the heart, so do your­self a fa­vor and get to know the heart of Bali.

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