'You know, this is Paradise? It's paradise. There is nothing better - anywhere.'
This is what I hear when the man, speedwalking down Legian beach in his white jocks and singlet, stops and chats early one morning. I dare not say otherwise, even if I believe it not to be true. He makes his point, bids me a good day, and continues his power walk.
Bali is a wonderful country, and an easy place for a holiday for Aussies. I love to holiday there and have explored many different areas. But paradise? I haven't seen that yet. Not in Bali. It takes quite a bit to make 'paradise' on my list.
The dirty beaches and waters, the ultra persistent street hawkers, and the built up concrete cities shadow the friendly people, the scenic mountains and rice paddies and the beaches of surf.
My idea of paradise would include squeaky white sand beaches, rolling surf every day. Lots of rainforests to discover. Casual and friendly town vibe with cafes and little shops. Getting around on mopeds and jeeps. Latin music and dancing in the streets, and a temperature that is just a few degrees cooler than Bali coastal areas so I can still get out and do stuff in the sun during the day.
What is your idea of paradise? I know we are all different. I'd love to hear.