British couple spend confinement in Bali with their twins

  • A British family passes the coronavirus lockdown at a secluded bamboo Airbnb house in Ubud, Bali.
  • Corinne and Dave Pruden, usually located in Budapest where they lead a specialized cafe, left the UK with their infant twins on March 16, before coronavirus travel restrictions is set up.
  • The family quickly adapted to life in Bali and even share their home with frogs, geckos and a bat.
  • Corinne Pruden told Insider: “We wash our own clothes by hand, and with messy twin toddlers, it certainly makes us appreciate the usual comfort!”
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A British family booked a one-way trip to Bali as countries started to close the borders last month and I spent the coronavirus period of seclusion in an idyllic bamboo house in Ubud.

Taking off on March 16, Corinne and Dave Pruden left London for Denpasar with their toddler twins before the UK was quarantined eight days later, according to Sky News.

The Prudens are normally based in Budapest, Hungary, where they run a specialty cafe, The goat farmer, which was due to close on March 17th.

Speaking to Insider via email, Corinne said: “We are located directly across from the University of Veterinary Medicine and a short walk from McDaniel College [in Budapest].

“After the government closed all higher education institutions due to COVID-19, we tried to stay open for the sake of our team, but our revenue took up too much space and we had to shut down. team is fantastic and it hurts us to see them in a difficult financial situation. As soon as the lockdown is lifted, we will reopen. “

Family living in Bali

The family were preparing to hike Central America for six to nine months before the pandemic began.

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Before the pandemic, they were preparing to travel as a family to Central America for six to nine months. So they had rented their apartment in Budapest, started their business with managers and stayed with their family in the UK for a few days. before things turn out like Sky News Reports.

Corinne said Sky News they could no longer travel on their original flight when the US foreign travel ban was introduced, and the only places open to them at that time were Brazil, Thailand and Indonesia. She said they felt like going to a happy place was going to be good for them and the boys.

Speaking about their decision to go to Bali, Corinne told Insider, “We had a lot of support from our family.

“Maybe they are used to us making impulsive and difficult decisions! Our friends have had mixed reactions – because this pandemic is unprecedented, most were unsure whether we were making a good decision or a very stupid.”

After some trial and error with suitable locations to move to Bali, the Prudens found a reasonably priced Airbnb bamboo house in Ubud.

There is very little good news at the moment, so when we were offered to rent this beautiful bamboo house in the middle of the rice fields for a fraction of the usual cost, we said yes! 🏡 By a twist of fate we have found ourselves in paradise 🌴🥥. . . From Budapest to Bali ….. . The lockdown took place 4 days before we could board our plane to the United States, see friends, and backpack through Central America. We had rented our apartment in Budapest, packed our life, temporarily closed our cafe due to the virus and were standing with our backpacks, holding our little boys’ hands, wondering what we were going to do. Borders were closing before our eyes and each new idea encountered closures. Soon we opted for Bali. Reason that even though the pandemic had invalidated our travel insurance and it would be difficult to find good health care … we had to go somewhere and why not choose a place where we wouldn’t mind staying for a while time. In addition, a place with agriculture, products and nice people 🌸. . As we took off from London and arrived in Brunei for our transfer, we sat for 6 hours watching the flight after the flight was canceled. Eventually an empty plane arrived and no more than 20 people, including us, boarded for Denpasar. Arriving in Bali was such a relief. It had been a stressful decision. We managed to enter with an expandable visa on arrival. Within 2 days the visa program was canceled for newcomers. . . Although the island is calm, with hardly any tourists, it still seems relaxed. Many shops, restaurants and cafes have closed. But sitting in our outdoor house watching the rice farmers go about their daily activities is incredibly calming. Every evening we are joined by frogs, lizards and even a resident bat. Boys are more of nature than we ever thought possible. And we have miles of peasant trails, forests and rice paddies to explore! . . . . . . . #ubudbali #balidaily #balilifestyle #bamboohouse #architecturephoto # paddy fields #instabali #housedesign #stylishdecor #natureloversgallery #igbali # covid19indonesia #beautifuldestination #travelgram #lockdownindonesia #weareliving #roamthehewexplain #uborudlove #

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“We live in a house with amazing architecture (made of bamboo with key walls and polished concrete foundations). There are no barriers between the inside and the outside world,” Corinne told Insider .

She said: “We have a bat that often hangs from the living room ceiling, frogs jumping between the bamboo brackets, and 10-inch-long geckos on the walls. We hear nature all the time while the house backs onto a wooded area leading to a river, and at night it is like a soundscape of relaxation “sound of the jungle”.

While the idyllic secluded setting seems too good to be true, Corinne said the family doesn’t really face so many hardships where they currently live.

“We wash our clothes by hand ourselves, and with messy twin toddlers it certainly makes us appreciate the usual comfort! Getting to the shops is a bit tricky as the main supermarket is not within walking distance. We hired a moped and the narrow path out of the rice fields has a stream on either side which takes some getting used to.

“The boys lack a bit of social interaction with the other kids, but at least there are two of them and they’re having a good time.”


Living in a secluded bamboo house near a wooded area means the Pruden hear nature all the time.

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Corinne told Insider that the most surprising thing she has found isolated in Bali is how easy it has been to adjust to living in the heart of Budapest with endless dining options around the clock, public transportation. common and a close support network of friends.

She said: “Now we live in the middle of the rice fields and are totally disconnected from the world we are from. We thought it might panic us and the boys, but instead it feels totally natural and normal. . “

As for toddlers, Corinne said boys enjoy connecting with the outside world.

“They are now looking at the sky and seeing dark storm clouds competing with the blue sky and speculating whether it is going to hit us or not. They know if the temperature drops and the wind picks up, the torrential rains. and huge thunderclaps are inevitable, which doesn’t seem to concern them at all.

“They saw locals climbing up palm trees to send coconuts down, and so when we buy them to drink they now know exactly where they came from.

“They even say a few words in Indonesian like ‘terima kasih’, thank you, and ‘nama saya’ my name is. The boys just want to play all the time and seem to like learning new things,” she said. . .


Corinne said they eventually hope to backpack around Central America.

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Corinne told Insider the family will need to return to Budapest for a little while to get The Goat Herder back up and running when the pandemic subsides.

She said: “Our goal has always been to spend this time with the boys, to show them new environments and new cultures. I hope that when this is all over we can continue this educational adventure that we are in.

“Maybe we can even backpack through Central America like we planned before this all started!”

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