LIFE-TIMES-Hannah-Wassen

Hannah Wassenburg, 70, from the Netherlands, is a retired special aid teacher who visits Bali frequently. She has two children and four grandchildren.

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
Just enjoy life.

What’s most important?
Health comes first.

What advice would you give the younger generations?
Find a way to live your life how you want to live it.

Are you worried about dying?
Not at all.

When was the happiest time of your life?
The last five years have been the happiest. I met someone very special that I lost last February. But we enjoyed life together so much. He was like a gift for me.

And the worst?
The last month of my husband’s life. It was horrible.

What’s humanity all about?
Caring about the people that are around you.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
Because people want power and money. They want to have things they don’t have.

Is a peaceful world possible?
Not for as long as people want to have more and more.

How old do you feel?
40.

Is one lifetime enough?
Who says there’s only one?

How has Bali changed?
There are many more tourists now than when I came to Bali for the first time 16 years ago. Everything is more built up and the roads are packed. I think these changes have also affected the local people.

Has tourism been good for Bali?
It’s been good and bad at the same time. It gives people more opportunities to develop. But Balinese people are losing their peaceful environment.

What’s the major difference between the East and the West?
The way people care over here is heartwarming.

Have you ever doubted your religion?
Yes I have. Getting older is what has made me doubt. I’m still a Protestant but I’m not practising.

BT/PCAR

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