I'd like to think I'm quite the bad a$$ and capable of doing anything I put my mind to but I've realized that sometimes it's completely ok to admit that there are some things not meant for me.
Last week I attempted to learn how to drive a scooter.
I figured that well I drive a car and I'm confident maneuvering on a bicycle through the chaotic streets of New York City so this should be a breeze.
Not the case at all.
Call me 'Old & Fearful' if you'd like (only in reference to this) but my nerves were shot after going up and down our little street outside the CWS villa.
So I've decided for my sanity, my safety and the safety of others I'd accept that I make an amazing passenger.
Luckily the CWS crew loves to roll together wether it be for breakfast at Crate, surfing at Batu Bolong or live music at Deus. There's always a friendly face ready to let you hop on the back.
If you need to get somewhere and a house mate isn't available don't fret, there are options!
GO-JEK is a phone app that offers an array of online services such as transportation by moto or car, food delivery, and more.
I use the GO-RIDE service constantly. It is super inexpensive and they pick up from the CWS villa. To get anywhere local like the beaches will only cost you Rp 10-15k (~$1) and to Kuta about Rp 25k.
The app works a lot like Uber, Lyft etc and the location services are more accurate than Google, which is quite impressive.
I tend to have pretty positive experiences with the drivers.
One of my trips was by far one of my best conversations with a local. He had jokes for days and was a delight to ride home with. Here's my fav joke of his.
Driver: So where's your boyfriend from?
Me: My Dreams. Where's your girlfriend from?
Driver: Another nation.
Me: What nation?
Driver: My imagi- NATION!!!!!!!!
I WAS DYING!!!! SO GOOD!
(Me and my fancy GO-JEK helmet)
You will notice that in a few commercial areas of Canggu GO-JEKs are not allowed to do pick ups.
So it can be quite tricky when you're wanting to come home from certain areas during peak hours.
Your options are local taxis which have a tendency to charge a bit more but I try not to complain too much since it's all a part of supporting the local community and their businesses.
An important highlight about CWS is it's location.
We're lucky enough to be walking distance from a big supermarket, atm, warungs (inexpensive local food), and laundry.
If you don't mind a long stroll you can even get to the beaches by foot.
So, get over here already and we'll scoot, skip, surf and boogie! No prob.
Here's a pic of the CWS crew having a family breakfast at CRATE after yoga-ing.
G O O D T I M E S.