Week 8 in Bali

We’ve touched down in our final destination! After a long day travelling from Chiang Mai to Bali on Tuesday, we’ve finally made it!

We checked in to a sweet villa with a pool in the heart of Canggu, an increasingly popular hangout for predominantly, surfers, instagram models, and remote workers. We’ve now added Edumads to that list!

The reason for its popularity is evident to those that spend time here. Firstly it’s a got plenty of great surf breaks for surfers of all levels. Second, it’s a perfect balance of authentic culture and landscape with its temples and rice fields, and tourist infrastructure such as villas, yoga centres, gyms, health conscious cafés, and well paved roads. And finally, it has some killer parties for when you want to let your hair down after a long day of surf and study!

Edumadic Profiles: Meet Will!

Will is a 24 year old Canadian who has been working as a Quality Control Supervisor since leaving university.

As soon as Will left university he jetted off to Europe with 5 friends and spent 3 months travelling all over the continent. As with so many people that take similar trips, this ignited in him a desire to see more of the world and have more mind bending experiences. However, a job was calling him home. So further travel would have to wait.

Another reason why Will was holding off on travelling again was that he wanted to go back to school. There were a couple classes that he needed to complete to finish his undergraduate degree.

When he heard about Edumadic, Will thought that it was a great opportunity to satisfy these two things playing on his mind, completing his education and seeing more of the world.

Having got the all clear from work and transferring his credits to a university that would allow him to complete his degree online, Will was free to join the Inaugural Edumadic Program!

You can follow Will on instagram @wteskey

Weekly Highlights:

Fight night!

It would be a shame to go to the home of Muay Thai and not see a few fights! We spent the evening watching some local talent show us how it’s done. It was interesting to see how distinctly different this martial art is to say, boxing. Although they can use all 8 limbs (fists, elbows, knees, and feet), the sport is dominated by kicking and kneeing.

Took 1,000 photos at the Illusion Museum

We spent a few hours at an illusion museum in Chiang Mai. The artwork was cleverly created to produce some great photo opportunities such as the one above. It was a super fun way to spend an afternoon!

Watched our first sunset in Bali

And what a sunset it was! Can’t wait to tear up the surf here in Canggu for the next 4 weeks and sip on some fresh coconuts every night whilst watching many more sunsets like this.

A Day in the Life:

This week we followed me (Zach) for a day! This is what I got up to:

7:30–9:30 Early morning surf:

At the moment in Canggu the best times to surf are early morning and late in the evening. I’m super out of shape after the last 4 months travelling so I’m trying to get as much time in the water as possible to get surf fit again. Also at this time there’s not too many people in the water so I can catch a few more waves.

10–1 Emails:

Straight after surfing I have a quick dip in our pool before breaking out the laptop and getting to emails. Most of my time is spent reviewing applications for our summer programs and replying to questions people have about anything and everything Edumadic.

1:30–3 Humungous Lunch:

I try and follow a diet (although it’s not really a diet), called intermittent fasting. I won’t bore you with the reasons and the details of it but it essentially means I eat all my food in a small window of time. For me this means skipping breakfast and having a huge lunch. There are a boat load of amazing and super healthy cafés and restaurants in and around Canggu so I usually fill up on seafood, fruit smoothies and avocado filled salads until I can’t move.

3–5 Chill by the pool:

After eating my weight in leafy salads I’m usually in a food coma, which is the perfect opportunity to chill by the pool. I love reading and have a few books on the go at the moment. Man’s search for Meaning by Victor Frankl and Waking Up by Sam Harris, get most of my attention.

5–7 sunset surf and a coconut:

Second surf session of the day! It’s nice to be able to watch the sun come down from the water and I find that the waves tend to be much cleaner in the late evening. On the beach in front of the break there’s a bar with cushions laid out on the sand. It plays groovy reggae music and serves coconuts for a dollar! Perfect place to watch the sunset.

7–9:30 Dinner and cards:

After surfing for a second time I’m in serious need of some more sustenance. We head out as a group to one of the more local places and have one of the local dishes rather than the superfood salads that are so widespread here. Nasi Goreng is a favourite. Also I’m pleased to say that card games are back on the menu after a month of neglect in Chiang Mai!

9:30–12 Interviews and more work:

As we have applicants from all over the world, I have to be available both late at night and early morning for final round interviews. Fortunately for me today I only had a couple interviews in the evening. There’s always something else that needs working on, whether it’s pricing up itineraries for the future, researching the viability of new destinations or making tweaks to the website.