When I arrived for the first time I felt excited and was immediately fascinated by a lot of things I found here. I loved the diverse culture, the raw natural beauty, the openness and hospitality of the Balinese people; it was an all-round beautiful island that I found back then. Nowadays, a lot of things have changed, in particular the rapidly modernizing infrastructure.  Thankfully, the Balinese people have retained their unique culture and traditions, and I’m proud of them for this. 

I came to Bali from Budapest 3 years ago and have been living on the island ever since.

When I arrived for the first time I felt excited and was immediately fascinated by a lot of things I found here. I loved the diverse culture, the raw natural beauty, the openness and hospitality of the Balinese people; it was an all-round beautiful island that I found back then. Nowadays, a lot of things have changed, in particular the rapidly modernizing infrastructure.  Thankfully, the Balinese people have retained their unique culture and traditions, and I’m proud of them for this. 

In Bali you can find many interesting things to see; from mystical temples to stunning beaches, mountains and lakes. The island is scattered with many magical places with a truly special aura that will instantly relax and appease a worried mind. I adore spending time on the beach during sunset; the ocean, the surrounding view – so peaceful. I always enjoy a young green coconut whilst sitting on the beach.  Indonesian food is so varied and delicious.  On a daily basis I visit the vibrant fruit market and enjoy bakso (meatballs), nasi campur (mixed rice) or sate ayam (chicken satay). As well as savouring the local culinary fare, there are always ways for me to entertain myself far away from my home country.

In my free time, I love to meet with my new friends here, from Indonesia and from many other countries. Often you can find us at places with live music performances. The best venues for me are Ryoshi restaurant in the Seminyak area, and the Jazz Café, in Ubud. Although I arrived in Bali as a musician, Bali has taught me a lot about music and life in general. 

In 2012 I formed a band called Helga Fusion, with 5 great local musicians. We have played in lot of concerts at different music venues and festivals, including IMEX (Indonesian Music Expo). We have just finished recording our first album, Folkcolour, which will be launched at the end of April in Bali. 

To get the most out of your time in Bali you need good information to guide you around the island. The easiest way to start is by browsing the many brochures available in various places around Kuta and Seminyak. There is a wealth of information giving you a glimpse into which historical sites to visit or the best restaurants to dine at. 

 

Helga Sedli is a musician and a singer in Bali

 

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