Hi gorgeous people!
OUR EXPERIENCE WITH BALI SO FAR & TAKING MEDICATION ABROAD
So it’s been a hot minute since I’ve updated you all on where we’re up too. I’ve got to be honest with you, this past week and a half has been a whirlwind of emotions. Today’s post is going to be ‘Our Experience With Bali So Far & Taking Medication Abroad’. We’ve packed our life away back home in Manchester. All of our things have either been sold, given to charity, put in storage (thanks Linda ;-)). Leaving our little flat in Newton Heath, Manchester was a little surreal I must admit. We packed everything up on the Wednesday and was on a flight to Bali by Thursday.
I’m currently sat on a boat to the lovely Gili Islands. We’re staying on Gili Meno for a week. After the past 3 nights of surviving a 20 hour plane journey, taxis and getting to our gorgeous hotel in Nusa Dua I thought I’d update you all on what’s been our biggest misconceptions of Bali so far.
The internet is a great place to be able to research the shit out of a place before you invest your hard earned money into traveling there. But it’s also a place full of opinions, opinions you sometimes need to take with a pinch of salt. Before our trip to Bali I watched hours upon hours of vlogs, blogs and sit down videos of travellers exposing their experiences with Bali. The trouble with this is, no two experiences are the same. I watched a lot of videos of people being very negative about Bali’s culture, Bali’s airport and obtaining visas. So as you can imagine little old Liam and Imogen were extremely worried (slightly neurotic). We did everything by the book. I have Endometriosis so I need to take medication with me everywhere. I researched into it and was reading a lot of conflicting information. I was confused. I ended up getting a medical summary from my GP and copy of my prescriptions. 10 days before our flight I panicked again and looked on the Dubai embassy website (we were flying through Dubai). “If your medication appears on the controlled list of drugs you need prior approval” I read, my stomach dropped. I thought, there is noway I can get approval 10 days before flying to take through my codeine tablets. So I called up the Dubai embassy to be certain. The man on the other end of the phone confirmed I needed prior approval.
I submitted all my forms and summary’s to their website. In the meantime I noticed on my medical records my chronic illness endometriosis had an end date. If you know anything about Endometriosis you’ll know their should be no end date on a medical summary for it. There is no cure for endometriosis and I had this wretched feeling that the security at Dubai airport weren’t going to be best pleased with letting me through with controlled drugs without appropriate documentation never mind with a condition which has apparently ended in January of this year!
After countless phone calls to my GP and hospital, lots of crying and stressing out I finally ended up with a letter from my GP and approval from the Dubai embassy. I had everything I needed.
One of the first things that kept flagging up with the Bali Airport and Dubai Airport was the security. We had no issues with the security. On our second flight from Dubai to Bali we almost missed it. Our first flight was delayed so we had to be escorted by the ground staff at Dubai through security. To me, the security seemed harsher in the UK then again, this was my experience.
The second thing which a few people kept mentioning was the taxi drivers at Bali Airport. I’ve heard so many horror stories about taxi drivers following tourists to try and get them into their taxi. Even taking bags from tourists. We had a pre booked transfer so we knew we had to look out for our guy. We didn’t experience this at all. We had taxi drivers shouting ‘taxi’ to us. But once we politely declined we had no trouble.
So far all we’ve experienced is friendly locals, friendly staff and an all round positive experience. I know it’s only 4 days in but I wanted to shed some light on my own experience. It just goes to show you not everything on the internet is a true representation of what a place is like. Just because something negative happens to one person doesn’t mean to say you will experience the same type of experience. Live through your own eyes, create your own memories and travel!
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