Hello folks. We are pleased to say that Bali is back open and in business, with foreign and domestic tourists arriving every day by the plane load.
It’s now about two years and two months since Bali closed down. Totally closed to tourists, almost no flights in or out and the Bali community stopped in its tracks, going back to basics, and in the most part without any income. For the first year or so, the pandemic slowdown came as a welcome relief for many living in south Bali. Like a forced holiday, beaches were pristine, without tourists everywhere, the pace was slowed and the Bali life was basically good and healthy. I had not stayed home so much for decades. But after a while it all began to grind down, money became tighter and tighter among the expat community until the last few months and the continuing restrictions worked away at people’s mental states, every month worse.
As the months went by, many bars and clubs remained open, and until late hours, but behind closed doors. No phones allowed inside, no photos allowed to be taken, or posted. No one wanted the authorities to crack down on this prohibition style nightlife, it was way too much fun, and a welcome relief to the boredom of the pandemic. Not to mention some cash in the tills to pay the staff.
Yes, it’s all over now for the moment, but what we just lived thru was unprecedented. To those still here and standing, we wish you well, and we hope and trust nothing like that will happen again – in our lifetimes anyway.
If you are new visitor don’t hesitate to tip your driver, waiter or anyone you come across some extra cash, everyone has had it tough and I’m sure it will be greatly appreciated. Cheers