Well, I am not. After the second night with few/bad sleep, I was cruising through the beautiful 3rd world-jungle of the island of Sumba on the backseat of a local Ojek-driver (please note, its NOT a Go-jek-driver, it seems to be the precursor) and while I slowly started to realize that I am really knee-deep in an amazingly beautiful environment, I had a hard time not falling off that bike.
Bali has a unique culture, it’s stunningly beautiful and home of maybe the most friendly and open-minded people in Indonesia.
Mass-Tourism and Money have destroyed a lot of Bali
In my opinion after living there for 1,5 years, not much is left of this once so unique island and its culture. Instagram, business and higher living-costs than ever before have turbo-boosted Bali into the world of capitalism and we all are to be blamed for this. Of course also me.
Beautiful history and Stories
Have you ever heard the story of mystical, powerful meridians surrounding our planet earth? It is said that were two of these meridians meet, its a special place. For example Stonehenge, Gizeh and Nazca. The story goes that in Bali there are crossing dozens of these meridians.
What do you think after living there?
Lempuyang Temple (the gates of heaven), Mother Temple Besakih as well as Canggu (the digital nomad-mekka) have turned into nothing more than beautiful backgrounds for instagram-pictures or asian Disneyland. Very few to none of the magic is left.
That is one of my reasons for moving to Sumba.
Since 15 months I am here in Bali now. I left my safe European home, left any medical support I could get in Germany, hung out strictly with local people to learn from them why Multiple Sclerosis basically doesn’t exist in Indonesia and how to fight my disease.
I am about to move to the rather remote island of Sumba in July and this are the facts helping me so far the most:
- Daily meditation helps me better than anything else against spacicity
- Daily yoga helps me with the pain in my back and the general physical coordination
- physical exercises from this youtube-channel are good for basically everything
NEVER GIVE UP THE FIGHT!
Sumba is different to Bali. The climate is more rough, meaning its less humid, hotter in daytime and colder in the night. Maybe its the climate that also affect the people here. A darker skin, a slightly more aboriginal look and definitely less western people. In fact I haven’t seen one yet.