Thailand!

As some of you may know, I have been for about a week now in Bangkok, Thailand.

The flight from Bali to Thailand was amazing, I got 2 meals and had 3 chairs for myself, so I could just lay down and sleep. When arriving, I did not know what was happening, as I was used to the latin alphabet from Bali. The entire language and writing was totally different from what I was used to and expected to be in the country.

I had heard from other students, that arrived already before me, that traffic could be insane. I mean, the traffic on Bali was already insane, but after a few days in Bangkok, I get what they meant. Some of the students were in a traffic jam for 8 km from the airport to the apartments, for 2 hours. So when I heard that, I could only pray that we would not get into a traffic jam, since the airport I was arriving on, was further away. This time we were lucky.

On our first day of uni, we were introduced to a massive university, PIM. Our uni basically has 5 buildings, all with 3 floors and one with 16 (I guess) floors. The uni even has a swimming pool, a gym and a tennis court!!

Sounds amazing right? Well the sad thing is that I have a lot of school hours the upcoming weeks. So you won’t find me there a lot.

Anyway, before we got a tour through the campus, we were introduced to the Thai culture by Thai language class and Thai dance class. The Thai language is quite hard for me, but it is useful to know some words, because a lot of Thai do not (or barely) speak English. After the Thai language class, we had to choose whether we wanted to drum or dance. I choose the traditional dancing, which was still pretty hard, but once you got used to it, it was fine. In the end, we had to dance on the drum music of the drum group.

The next couple of days basically excisted of going to uni, studying, sporting and sleeping. This was due to the long days we had. However, today we had a fieldtrip to Ayutthaya, which was the capital of Thailand before it came into a war. After the war, the city was destroyed and the country had to assign another city as capital, which is now Bangkok. We visited some ruin temples, a big laying Buddha, of which I cannot publish a picture since it cannot go out of the country for bad spirits, and a royal palace. In most of these places, you had to were a sarong, in others you did not. Whenever it was not necessary, I was so glad, since it was way too hot this day.

Tomorrow I am going to the city centre of Bangkok to explore the city I live in. I am really excited and I know for sure that fun things are coming up!

Jungle vibes

The last couple of days have been very busy for me, a friend of mine is visiting me in Bali, which is amazing. She arrived on Thursday early morning. On her first day here, I showed her Canggu beach and tried to teach her how to surf. However, I found it pretty hard this time too, due to the fact that I couldn’t stand in the water and I did not have the arm power to catch waves that well.

On the second day, we visited the Tanah Lot temple. I really loved the temple, since is was surrounded by the sea. Unfortunately, we could not get into the temple. Some say it is because there are snakes inside of it. But who knows.

The next day, we planned going to Jungle Fish, which is a beach club without beach, in the middle of the jungle. Right, of course with an infinity pool looking over the jungle. On my surprise, it was quite calm and relax over there, I expected that there would be a lot of people. Thankfully, this wasn’t the truth. This day we just chilled in the middle of the jungle. How cool is that?

About today, I went rafting in Ubud. Normally, I would not really go rafting, because I would get afraid way too fast. However, it was not scary at all. It was fun and we could see a lot of the beautiful nature of Bali.

On Friday I am going to visit the Gili Islands, and I am sooo excited!!

 

Wondering what Jungle Fish really looks like? See the pictures below:

Pura Tirta Empul

Yesterday we went to a temple, close to Ubud which is about a 1 hour drive from Denpasar. This temple, called the Pura Tirta Empul (Water Temple), was fantastic. The rare thing is that it is still in use. You could see people praying and going into the holy spring.

The temple has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site in July 2012 and the inscription reads:

”The Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: The Subak System as a manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy, consist of Supreme Water Temple Pura Ulun Danu Batur and Lake Batur, Subak Landscape of Pakerisan Watershed, Subak Landscape of Catur Angga Batukaru, and Royal Temple of Taman Ayun has been inscribed upon the World Heritage List of the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Inscription on this List confirms the outstanding universal value of a cultural or natural property which deserves protection for the benefit of all humanity.”

Furthermore, they had strict rules if you wanted to enter the temple. Starting with the fact that everybody had to wear a sarong (as you can see on the pictures, I am wearing one as well). It was prohibited to wear shorts as well. Moreover, as a girl I had to tie my hair, and I could not enter the temple if I was on my period. Of course, it was not allowed to enter the temple wet, and to climb on the holy buildings.

At the exit of the temple, there were multiple small markets in which you could buy traditional clothing or souvenirs. Here I bought my own sarong. Afterwards, we went to the city of Ubud to have lunch.