Bali is a place where natural beauty, art, religion, and culture converge, and nowhere is this more so than in its interior and around Ubud, its cultural heart. I stayed in Ubud when I visited Bali for the first time in 2008 and explored Bali from there. I thought I would share some of the images I brought back with me at the same time as I share some very exciting news. (You will have to scroll down to the end to find out what this is!)
Here are some of my memories of Bali.
|The band waiting for their cue, Ubud|
|Why didn't I find room in my suitcase for one of these?|
|Holy Spring Temple, Tirta Empul near Ubud|
|Holy Spring temple Terta Empul|
|An incredible variety of epiphytes at Tirta Empul|
|Bukit Jambal near Semarapura|
|More rice paddies in East Bali|
|Ulan Danu temple on Lake Beratan - Bedugal|
|Tenganan - a village of the original Balinese people, the Bali Aga|
|Fighting cocks Tenganan|
|A river runs through it...East Bali|
|Making offerings near the Ubud market|
|Honeymoon Guesthouse, Ubud|
|Carved panel at Honeymoon Guesthouse|
|Casa Luna cooking class at Honeymoon Guesthouse where we whipped up local delicacies like lawar, a salad made from ferns and coconut; gado-gado, vegetables in peanut sauce; nasi goreng; Balinese satay and eggplant sambal.|
|Even the streams are filled with antiquities - Goa Gajah not far from Ubud|
|My hotel room at Hotel Tjampuhan|
|Restaurant at Hotel Tjampuhan - look at the beautiful carved tree trunk on the left.|
|Goa Gajah, the Elephant Cave|
|The bathing pool at Goa Gajah|
And my news? I applied for a short term job in Indonesia last year, and after a long silence, I was very excited to discover that I was successful and I am heading not to Bali, but to Jakarta on the neighbouring island of Java next week. That's why I have been so busy doing my chores, mulching the garden, and cleaning out the water feature. It is also why I have been a little remiss in commenting on your blogs and responding to your comments, so apologies for that.
I can't wait to explore this exciting city and to share it with you. Stay tuned!!