If you hate stereotypes you might as well close this window right now. And you'd better skip fellow travel blogger, Vicky's blog about the same topic. I'm not going to sit here and pretend that I didn't notice the people hanging around us and that it never annoyed me. I may fit into a few less than popular categories of people myself, and I'm not afraid to admit it. Anyway, this is who we just couldn't seem to get away from while in Bali.
- Hippies. These people are often Americans or from some Nordic region. They wear sarongs instead of pants, don't know what a bra is, have long and often messy or dirty hair. These people take their shoes off all the time, sit criss crossed on chairs or the ground, and sigh a lot. Most annoying of all their outdated quirks is probably their need to explain their every culinary necessity.
"Yeah, I'd like the pesto linguine but instead of linguine I wanna have the red rice? with a side of tofu? and steamed greens? Coz I'm gluten free and vegan and I'm thinking of going raw?"
- Yoga moms aka Liz Gilbert. We've all met the Starbucks drinking yoga mom, but those that come to Bali are truly of an advanced breed. These women are usually in the mid 30s to mid 50s (sometimes older), have definitely read or seen Eat Pray Love multiple times, and feel it absolutely necessary to discuss just how #rejuvenated they feel after every yoga session. Go back to your suburb, Liz, nobody likes you here.
- American girls. "And then I was like, should I jump in the pool? And she was like, hell yah! And then I was like, awww, but the birdies look so cute swimming, I don't wanna disturb them #sademoji."
And yes, "sad emoji" was something she actually said out loud.
I know, right?
- Digital Nomads. Some dress like hobos, others class it up with wearable gear. All of them wear backpacks. They, or I guess I should say we, like to sit at cafes for hours typing up whatever it is that makes us money, only to realize we've been here a month and haven't visited any tourist attractions. #travelfail
- Locals. Like Vicky said, every Balinese guy on the street will try to give you a ride. "Taxi please!" and "yes taxi!" are the two phrases you will hear every single time you exit your accommodation, sometimes even from a random guy on a motorbike. I even got offered a ride by a dad and his infant son on an ancient scooter. Ummm, no thanks...
Among the many visitors of Bali are also Chinese (they're everywhere, though), Danes, Swedes, and retired French couples. They weren't as strikingly ridiculous as these few groups we seemed to be unable to avoid during our stay in Ubud, Bali.
If you are one of these people, by all means visit Bali and thrive! If you are not one of these people, I hope you have a lot of patience because these types are simply unavoidable when visiting this Hollywood destination. If you're looking for some peace and quiet, you're best off venturing out into a local village, far away from the bumbling urban destinations.