17th November: By Myron and Eden.
Originally, the trip was planned to be split into two parts, the former being a stay at the Side by Side farm, a farm located in the Karangasem district of Bali and the latter being a stay at Puri Saron Hotel in Seminyak. Because of the currently active Mt. Agung near the farm, our stay has been cancelled and instead has been changed to a homestay at Sanur, a district in the southern parts of Bali. Although this was a missed opportunity at a hands on farming experience in a relatively local part of Bali, we will be working with them in another service opportunity involving plantations of seedlings. As for the action part of the trip we will be surfing on the clear waters at the beaches of Bali, some of the nicest waters in the world. Throughout the entire trip we will get a chance at not only learning the processes of farming and the art of surfing, but also the environment of Bali.
This trip is going to be one of a kind experience as we are going with people that we may be close to or not too familiar with. However, this trip is going to strengthen each individual’s connection with one and another and this whole new experience is going to extend our horizon. Although, the original plan of the trip was altered due to the increase in activeness of Mt. Agung, there’s still a lot to look forward to. Planting trees, learning how to surf is going to be enjoyable as we are able to help the local society but at the same time developing new skills. This Bali trip is going to be one of the highlights of the DP program, and I hope everything will be going according to the plan!