Travel

Dancing with Insects in Bali by Seyi Adejori

I've got another country to add to my list of solo travel. A couple of months ago I travelled to Ubud, Bali for a few days! I still have to pinch myself because it was so surreal. Bali, Indonesia is an extremely popular and beautiful destination. Everybody knows about Bali because of the picturesque location, food and accommodating locals. I did not originally plan to go to Bali, I was going to Shanghai to visit a good friend and indulge in Chinese culture, then the thought popped into my head that I should travel to a country nearby. Japan was my first option but I opted for a destination that I knew was going to be extremely different. Don't ask me how I packed for two drastically different locations, some how I survived. 

When I landed in Ubud I was hit by the heat, nobody could have braced me for that moment. I remember stepping out from the airport and feeling the sun beam on my face. It was a pleasant slap in the face because it meant I arrived. I was so happy at that moment, I remember smiling but being slightly overwhelmed. As soon as you get out the airport be prepared to be hounded by many people, the airport entrance is filled with drivers and activity planners trying to sell as much as they can to tourists that arrive. The morning after I was blessed to see Bali in all its glory. The views were absolutely tremendous, it’s so hard to describe in one sentence. I truly felt like I was one with nature. The next couple of days I indulged in a Balinese spa treatments, ate some of the most favourable food I’ve ever eaten and visited some of most beautiful places in Ubud.  

One of my favourite and most loathed thing about Ubud was the animals (this includes insects). I visited the Monkey Forest, which was as amazing as they say. If you are in Ubud make sure you go to the monkey forest and watch the monkeys just be. It was so interesting to watch them be playful, steal people's water bottles and eat fleas off each other. It was really fun and exciting to watch  and be so close to what could be considered as wild monkeys. Then I went to see Elephants! I went to Elephant Park and Lodge, where I saw all kinds of elephants and  was in awe of all of them. They are so intelligent, calm and loving animals, it was truly tremendous how they interact with human beings. I was very apprehensive at first because they were intimidating but they made me feel comfortable almost instantly. I  got to talk to them, wash them and feed them. I was an experience I will always cherish and will be doing again next time I visit Ubud.  

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Out of all the destinations I’ve travelled to I would say Bali was the one I was most unprepared for. It was a culture and environmental shock. I was constantly surrounded by insects, lizards and frogs. When I first arrived I remember seeing three lizards in my bedroom, this was the first time I ever saw a lizard. I had several fights with mosquito's in a bid not to get bitten and a Gecko decided to plant itself in the roof of my room and repeatedly cackled throughout the night for almost two days.  Other  than that Ubud you was truly amazing! Bali, Indonesia is a bucket list destination if you ever have an opportunity to go there, GO! 

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Lastly I wanted to mention tips for lone travellers (especially female travellers) who are thinking about going to Ubud. Be prepared and carry any sort of antibiotics incase of any illness such as headaches and tummy aches.  'Bali Belly' is real, unfortunately I got this the morning that I was coming back to London. Be wary of people, people can and are very friendly especially when you are a tourist. This is not a bad thing but always be aware of your safety and what is best for you. Make sure you keep a spare key and lock to lock up your items, a portable charger because you will need it. Bring a whistle or some sort of alarm for that very small chance of being in danger, so you can alert the people around and the most important thing of all enjoy yourself!

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I took so many pictures, it was so hard to fit the best ones I feel like represented my time in Bali.

Bali, you were beautiful. I will be back. 

Seyi x

24 Hours in Venice by Seyi Adejori

Hello fabulous people!

The beautiful city of romance, amazing food and breathtaking views. I landed in Venice, Italy while I was solo travelling it was a destination I have always wanted to see so when the opportunity came up I jumped at it. The city was so beautiful and filled with a rich sense of history and culture. The colourful buildings, the rich blue ocean, gondola drivers dressed in black and white striped uniform, Italian voices in the air and the absolutely amazing Saint Mark's Basilica made me feel so warm inside. Saint Mark's Basilica is the church in St Marks Square, it was stunning!  It is known for its extravagant design and luxurious interior, the church is nicknamed the 'Church of Gold' you can view many ornaments made of gold, emeralds and rubies.  I sat in the church for about thirty minutes, said a little prayer and just did some reflection, I felt so at peace. Then I went to the top of the church to view St Marks Square in all its glory and I was not disappointed. 

While in Venice  I consumed three different types of gelato ice-cream in a row and I have no regrets. There are many things to do while you're in Italy such as go to St Marks Square, ride a Gondola and  eat your heart's content in Italian goodness. Italians know a thing or two about food, everything tasted delicious. Venice is definitely a tourist destination, it was full of different types of people which is amazing but it is always good to be aware of pickpockets. Venice can be pricey as it is eighty Euro to ride a Gondola, which was one of the things I wanted to do but could not stomach paying 80 euros by myself however, if you can find people to accompany you on the ride or you have a travel buddy it should be on your must-do list. 

Unfortunately, I did not have a lot of time to spend in Venice, Italy so I did not get to see and do everything I wanted, but I wanted to share my photos from the trip so you can see the city from my eyes. I highly recommend everybody to visit Venice, it is truly a sight to see.

Tell me about you recent trip abroad, let me know in the comments below.  

Stay smiling, Seyi x 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SEYI ADEJORI