We went to La Laguna 2 times last week. Once for the Ombak Surffilm festival and once to watch the sunset. I really loved this place, so cozy and nice. It was the first film festival I've ever been to but definitely not the last. Unfortunately I don't have any good pictures from the festival, but here are some from the sunset::

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We arrived in Bali 1 month ago and a lot has happened since then. So much that I don't even know where to start. I've seen the most beautiful places, met the some amazing people and attended the best parties of my life. We've done things I never thought I would do. And this is only the beginning, we have some crazy 3,5 months ahead of us and this is definitely the best thing I've ever done with my life.

So let's start from the beginning:
When we arrived in Bali we had a hotel booked for 5 nights. The hotel was fine, but when 3 girls share a room it becomes pretty messy and we all needed our own space as soon as possible. We met 2 really awesome guys the first week in Seminyak and just when we where about to pay for a few more nights at the hotel they asked if we wanted to go to Ubud with them for a couple of days. We didn't even hesitate and said yes right away.

(This chapter is probably something that my mom and dad should skip while reading this, but we are alive and fine so don't panic just yet haha) So the next morning we packed our bags and jumped into a taxi with two complete strangers. Of course we were a bit nervous at first and joked about them kidnapping us or something. But they turned out to be really nice guys and we didn't have to regret going with them for one second.

In Ubud we ate a lot, that was probably the only thing on our minds for the whole trip. We also visited Tegenungan Waterfalls and the Bali Swing. Also went walking around the place where we stayed to shoot some pictures. And then we just ate some more, drank some beers at the villa and had a great time together. It was a great start to our journey!
The only thing i didn't like about Ubud was the rats. We had one in our bathroom and at least two more in the living room/kitchen.

I didn't really like Tegenungan that much, it was way too crowded. We where there for 10 min, took some pictures and left. That is probably what every waterfall you'll find on the internet will be like.

After Ubud it was time for the first day of school. The first day we just walked around school, met some people and tried some activities like yoga, thai boxing and so on. I also won two free tickets to yoga so that is on our bucket list with Jessica! Next week we had 2 days of orientation, those 2 days we just sat and listened to speeches and got information about school, visa, security and so on. And of course, to kick it all of we hade a great poolparty together on friday. But that's it for this time, stay tuned folks!

Tegenungan waterfall

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Ok, so many of you probably know that the traffic here in Bali is quite insane. Scooters everywhere, cars always stuck in the traffic jam. And you wont get away from it. If you are going to drive a scooter you´re kinda forced to go with the flow. The first days where terrifying. I actually crashed the first day of driving but luckily nothing happened to anyone (Ps. mum, just ignore that!). But once you get used to it you'll probably start to enjoy it as much as we do! As long as you stay calm and watch your back you'll be fine. Just remember the one and only rule they seem to have: always stop at red light (and always wear a helmet). Soon you'll be driving on the sidewalks just as the locals. And you'll love it.

But if you for some reason feel like driving isn't your thing you can always use Go Jek. Go Jek is like Uber, but you can get a ride both with a scooter and with a car. But more about Go Jek and other helpful apps later!

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Hi guys! My name is Lotta Tamminen and Im currently studying abroad at Udayana University in Bali. I got here through Asia Exchange and I'm staying until January 2018. When I first decided to go abroad I was in desperate need of a blog that would tell me all the tips and tricks I wanted to know, but didn't really find any that suited my needs. So I decided to start my own. This blog will be written in english cause I really want to (and need to, haha) improve my english skills. Forgive me for all the spelling errors you'll have to read, haha!

I hope you'll enjoy following my journey. And if you are thinking about studying abroad in Bali, just hit me up and I will try to help you as much as I can! Hopefully this will help you on your way. Ps. Mum, please skip all the horror stories I'm about to tell you, ok?

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