The story about how I became a millionaire, how money spoiled my impressions about Bali and how the way from the airport became disaster for the second time.
How I became a millionaire in Indonesia
Without an exaggeration. 1 CZK is about 550 IDR. Quite funny :-) So you can become a millionaire only by having about 1800 CZK. ($75 USD)
First impressions were quite positive, I would say. But everything changed pretty fast.
Money destroys character
For this time, I wanted to try Uber on my way from the airport to the hostel. It is one of the cheapest way to travel. I have downloaded their app, but I have never used it before, so it was „fun“ :-)
When you leave the terminal, you can expect approximately 50 same-dressed taxi drivers who shout the same phrases again and again: „Where are you going, boss?“ „Taxi, boss?“
OK, this is probably not unusual, so I started to chat with one of those, because I wanted to know how he can surprise me.
His first offer was about 4 times higher price than Uber. Maybe it didn’t even surprise me. So I told him prize I can get from Uber. Well, here he started to lie to me that Uber is illegal and that it’s impossible to pay so little for the taxi.
While I was trying to co-operate with the app, maybe next 20 minutes, the other taxi drivers were still bothering me with the same words. And I started to lose control. :-)
It took me about 30 minutes until the app started working with me, but at the end I got on the Uber and left.
Horrible way from the airport for the second time
It’s well-known that you learn from mistakes. So I learned again.
At first, I didn't enjoy the ride at all. The traffic is dreadful here, too. Maybe even worse, than what I could have experienced in Thailand. I was pretty worried about the 100 dogs and bikers my driver almost killed, and quite shocked he seemed like he doesn't care.
I got to bed after about 90 minutes, because it took us too long till we finally found the hostel.
Because we were lost and the taxi driver also called to the hostel for me, he asked for a tip discreetly. When I decided how much I was going to give him, I started counting money in my wallet. I gave him money which I thought their value is 50 000 IDR, than I went to the bed.
When I finally got to bed, I realized something unexpectedly. I was still a bit confused about the new currency and instead of 50k, I gave him 500 000 IDR. And even thought, he charged me also via Uber for 160 000 IDR. So at the end, I paid like 5 times more than the original price was ($50 dollars total). And 2 times more than regular taxi was :-)
So again, during the first day a lot of money have flown through the window as well as in Thailand. „Just for fun“.
At the end, when I realized this in the bed, it seemed funny to me :-)
And a conclusion? (Not) thinking is (not) worth it. :-)
Next time, I’ll tell you how amazing the Bali is. I am going to bed right now. Take care :)
I would appreciate if you contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any mistakes in my english. I will send you my love and quote your name.
Love and thanks to:
Tereza Weichslova (translation help)