Internship in Bali: Beaches and Volcanic Mountains
CATEGORY: INTERNSHIP TESTIMONIAL
READING TIME: 5 MINUTES
Bali through the eyes of an intern. In this 11-part series of reports, our intern Nicky tells you about her internship time on the Indonesian island of Bali. In this report, she gives you important tips on preparing for your trip to Bali.
Bali is so beautiful that I had to remind myself several times that I am not here just for the fun! But here I would like to tell you about the beautiful weekends I spent on the beaches and in the mountains.
A Normal Evening?
Now the fourth week is almost over and I really don't know where the time has gone. After work, I usually organize my free time as effectively as possible. I always try out new beaches that are in the immediate vicinity - and there are some of them. For example, Balangan Beach, where the yoga classes are offered, which I wrote about before, or right next to it, Dreamland Beach, which is very popular with surfers and tourists alike. Tip: But for swimming, I find Jimbaran Beach the most suitable. It is quite crowded in the evenings - due to the popular and very good fish restaurants, but due to its size, everybody finds a quiet place.
Otherwise, I spend my evening by having dinner with people, going to the pool in my accommodation, or having a traditional Balinese massage. But also here a kind of everyday life develops. Only that this one is much nicer - especially when you hear from your friends that the weather in Germany is quite uncomfortable at the moment. You can't end your evening on the beach under palm trees with a coconut!
The Ultimate Hike!
A couple of friends of mine planned a tour to a volcano with a few other people. Because of the short notice booking, I had to make a decision quickly whether I would come or not. So I had no more time to inform myself about this tour. If only I had known in advance what I was getting into! Probably I would have made a different decision or at least been able to prepare myself mentally for this tour. Because I had not expected that this would be a trekking tour to the highest volcano of Bali - the Gunung Agung. And that with my fear of heights.
Tip: Around midnight we were picked up with a van. After about 2 hours' drive, we arrived at an altitude of about 1500 meters, near the Pura Pasar Agung Temple. There we were welcomed by our guides. Everyone got a headlamp and off we went. First, we had to climb a lot of stairs up to the temple and we already started to breathe. But that was the more pleasant part. At the temple, the guides had a little prayer break. Then we went through the jungle - the first challenge - because the path was steep uphill over roots, but the path was slippery and wet. You really had to be careful where you step to avoid slipping. I firmly believed that the path would get better afterward and that this was the worst part. Fiddlesticks!!! On the contrary, it only got worse. You had to climb up the damp rock bit by bit. Meanwhile, I asked myself if I was completely crazy to have agreed to this tour with normal sneakers. On the other hand, I had assumed a hiking trail and not a climbing tour. Because I have never been climbing before, not even indoor. With this tour, I have really reached my limits. The view that was offered at sunrise was of course fantastic - but without previous sleep, endurance exercises, and trekking shoes - the tour was also very scary for me. I was glad to be back downstairs safely because the way down was not without its problems. I don't think I've ever had such a long-lasting and heavy sore muscle as the days after.