Bali life as seen from the side window of a cab.
As you might know, Ricarda and I are true walkers. We simply love going by foot, so even in Bali, we thought “yeah, let’s walk” but as soon as we had tried it once, we were finished with that idea, as Bali is not an island made to walk the roads. The streets are packed with traffic and there are no sidewalks for pedestrians anywhere! It’s simply too dangerous to walk on this island!
We had found an alternative to walking very quickly, though: taking cabs. And that was a good decision, also, because the distances between places in Bali are a lot further than we’d originally thought. Furthermore, the cabs in Bali are usually very modern, clean and naturally, air-conditioned. And our drivers always had a nice story or anecdote on their tongue, which made the rides especially enjoyable.
Since life in Bali mainly happens out on the streets, that is also where you mainly notice how Balinese people actually live. My photographs may give you a glimpse of how that kind of everyday-life does look like.
Unbelievable amounts of buses, cars, trucks and mainly motorbikes are fighting their way through the most horrible kind of traffic on this island. And those motorbikes and their drivers are totally mental! They apparently also love to add the craziest modifications to their two-wheeled rides, e.g. for surfboards or to take their whole family along on one single motorbike!
But as everyone in Bali does drive motorbike, even tons of tourists, I’d initially thought about renting and driving one as well. But since everyone is driving on the “wrong” side there (on the left side of course, which is weird for a German driver), I wasn’t so sure anymore and as I didn’t quite understand the Balinese traffic rules, either, I was happy that we’d decided against the motorbike. And anyway, with the cabs, we could reach the most beautiful spots on the island safe and sound, have nice chats with the drivers and take some nice pictures as well.
Photography: Max Bechmann