Nusa Penida is a small island just next to Bali. It’s really small – the distance from one coast to another is maximum 30km. But we spent four days there, which was not too long. The roads are in much worse condition than in Bali, driving takes longer than we expected, taking shortcuts does not pay off at all. And the coastline is awe-inspiring; the island offers so many breathtaking views that we couldn’t believe we were still in Indonesia. Below you can see two maps that will give you a better sense of the location of Nusa Penida.
We got to Nusa Penida by a public ferry – it’s cheap, allows you to bring a motorbike with you, and gives you the experience of traveling like Indonesians. On the ferry you will have a chance to laugh together with locals at a stupid comedy that is screened on the on-board TV. The ferry leaves from Padangbai, Bali, only once a day at 1 pm. Sometimes it does not operate – a couple weeks before this trip, once I got to Padangbai, I was told that the ferry had been broken and was docking in Java. But this time I had more luck. Below you can see a few pictures from the route we made.
I would like to tell you about a charming couple, whose path crossed with mine in Bali. Now, when they’re already gone, when recalling them in our talks, me and my flatmates call them “The Polish Couple”. Asia and Adam had stayed with us for a few days, on the way from Australia to other Indonesian islands. They come from Poland, so you may think that they embarked on a long journey. In fact, they have been on a 2-year-long journey, without a pause.
They have hitchhiked all of Europe and Asia, as well as boat-hitchhiked to Australia and New Zealand. You can visit their Facebook page: Na Nowej Drodze Życia or their blog to see which countries they have visited (here is their exact route), and what they have experienced on the way (for me the most informative part was about hitchhiking by boat.
They are a great inspiration for me. I share this with you, because their adventures may also inspire some of you to follow your dreams. I am not saying that it must be stopping what you are doing now and travelling the world. It could be anything that you have always wanted to start, or quit, but you couldn’t. Asia and Adam prove that people can.
The little change that they have made to me took place in their tent, in Penimbangan beach. We talked about travelling and love, two passions of great importance for us. This post is dedicated to the couple, so I will not share the details of how they changed my thinking. But I want to take this chance and thank you, Asia and Adam, for giving me something more than a shelter that night.
I was fond of the stories they told us when we were on a trip around Bali. The top one would be how Adam became possibly the most famous hitchhiker in Poland. Before they married, he had been hitchhiking a lot to Olsztyn, where Asia was studying, from Wrocław, where he was studying. One day Adam’s cousin (or brother? – not sure now) was hitchhiking too, stopped a car, and the driver told him a romantic story of a guy that had stopped his car some time ago. This guy was so much in love that he was travelling regularly to his girl from Wrocław to Olsztyn. So now, Adam must be a legend among truck drivers in Poland.
In this post I am sharing some pictures from our trip to the north of Bali, which was dominated by Polish people: Asia, Adam, Ewa, Wojtek and me. Dijana (from Slovenia) is almost Polish now, having shared the house with me and Ewa for a few weeks. And Firman (from Indonesia) speaks fluent Polish. At least he can say, ‘Jesteś piękna i sympatyczna’ — he is currently just getting rid of the accent.
Asia and Adam proved to be professionals in clearing and dressing wounds after another accident I had, this time in Nusa Penida island, no cow involved. You can also find the pictures from that trip in this gallery.