Travel Journal

Ubud, cultural center of Bali

(Wednesday 3 June 2009) by Dopps Family
Abangan Bungalows, Ubud, Bali (June 2nd – 9th)
Yesterday, June 2nd, we left Flashbacks in Sanur and drove to Ubud with our hired driver visiting some of the local sites and attractions along the way. Our first stop was a Balinese dance which is more a play with actors and dancers dressed in elaborate colorful and decorated costumes portraying lions, monkeys, witches and an hour-long struggle between the forces of good and evil. If it hadn’t been for the program which detailed the plot of the various acts we would have been completely lost in the translation. After this we visited some of the shops of local crafts including a batik, weaving and silver smiths. The most impressive was a visit to a “village” temple which required we wear robes to cover our legs. We arrived in Ubud, the “cultural center of Bali” with Anisa finally fallen asleep and Cianna once again suffering from a fever and cough (although she is much better today). We checked out several of the bungalows mentioned in the Lonely Planet, but they were either too expensive (relative to Sanur) or not available for more than 1 or 2 nights. The last place we checked out (using the LP as our guide) was at Abangan, which we now have booked for 7 nights. The bungalow is 2 floors (bedroom and bathroom on each) with A/C (plus for me!) for 400,000 rupees, or $40 per night, including breakfast. The scenery here is beautiful with rice patties, coconut and palm trees surrounding us. The weather is more pleasant since we are higher in elevation so it’ll be good for exploring the town and trekking some of the many trails and paths through the countryside and rice paddies. After a big lunch and an afternoon nap we took a stroll through the rice paddies and down one of the local trails dodging mopeds and bicycles until we came to a local restaurant in the middle of the rice fields. This restaurant exuded peacefulness as you lounge on pillows on your raised platform surrounding your handmade table from a slab of teak wood. If it wasn’t for the kids, we could easily stay hear all day reading a book, sipping on fresh mango juice while watching the rice farmers working as the sun sets behind the clouds and coconut trees.

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