My heart sank as our taxi wended its way along the main street of Ubud: shop after shop of expensive tourist clutter. And thronging with tourists. It reminded me of Byron Bay only worse. Why didn’t anyone warn me?? This is not what I was expecting. I was imagining lushness, tropics, peace – a small magical hinterland. Yes, I know I’m probably one of the few people on the planet never to have been to Bali & now I know why.
Except. We’re staying at the most tranquil and heavenly place on earth. Truly it must be the most gorgeous and relaxing place we’ve ever stayed at. Right behind the Monkey Forest – in gardens lovingly tendered and beautiful sculptures/statues everywhere. Orchids grafted onto trees everywhere (can someone look in on my poor orchid which is probably dying in my office?). Our activities consist of a walk thought the Forest to the main street to have a coffee and use free wifi and then a laze by the pool followed by lazing on the huge daybed on our very spacious balcony listening to the various birds. Stroll to dinner – last night we saw a Balinese dance performance while eating some wonderful smoked duck.
I can understand why people come here.
And even not having a SIM for my phone & iPad has turned into something of a blessing: freedom from connectivity. Now I really do feel like I’m on holidays.