Today I am in Ubud – capital of culture in Bali. Or maybe it’s not capital of culture, maybe locals started to call it like this after movie “Eat, pray, love” where Julia Roberts came to Bali to find some healer. I’ve heard, that lot of local people became ‘healers’ after this movie, just pay for it.
I have been in many countries and I have never had a feeling of freedom, harmony and “normal human being”. Only because I’m foreigner I become a tourist with a big wallet. Do I have to wear a T-shirt “I’m not wallet, I’m global citizen like you are”? Locals, please leave me alone and let me enjoy a vibe of your country. I now understand my Love who “doesn’t like to travel”, he likes to live in foreign countries.
Another story is locals who sell you “exotic in local people”. Today we spent a day with Bali guide who was happy for us because we had chosen to live with locals instead of hotel. He told us that we can see how local people spend their day and my first thought was “are you some human zoo, so we can see how you live your daily life?” I was shy and modest enough to say it loudly, I didn’t want to insult him. I don’t want to be a tourist who pays money for a “human zoo”, I don’t even go to animal zoo, because I’m against it.
There are a lot of tourists who take photos of nice old people, of kids. One travel blogger takes such photos saying, that he just shoots and walks away. I can’t do it, because they are the same as we are. How would you like someone comes close to you and takes a photo of your “exotic” face?
I want to have easy and relaxed vacation and I don’t have much money to support you all crazy local people. Thank you for understanding.