Explore...

Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Aug 22, 2014 - Ubud

Nous nous éloignons des plages pour quelques jours pour se rendre en plein milieu de Bali, dans la région de Ubud, considéré par le Lonely Planet comme étant un havre de paix et de relaxation. Première chose qu'on se rend compte en arrivant à notre homestay, qui est à quelques pas du centre-ville, c'est qu'il y a plein de touristes qui lisent le Lonely Planet et des locaux qui essaient de vendre leur service à tout les 5 mètres. Ici, chaque individu est une compagnie en soi, nombreux vous offre un logis, un service de taxi, de guides,...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Asian Adventure!

Jun 1, 2014 - Campuan Ridge

As the cultural center of Bali, Ubud is a wonderful place to experience the magic of the island. Home to many famous local and international artists, there are numerous art galleries and museums. In recent years, Ubud has developed into a popular destination for tourists, but has managed to hold onto its original creative atmosphere. Throughout the day you can usually hear the magical sounds of the gamelan and the warm evenings are alive with cultural performances- theatrical, dance and traditional puppetry. We met our local guide around...

Jump to full entry

May 31, 2014 - The Royal Treatment

Last night was our farewell dinner for the Java group and the new Bali group meets tonight, so today was a free day. Started off browsing the streets and made my way over to the market. It turns out today was some type of special ceremonial day so most shops were closed. Since there is not much else to do in Ubud, I decided to head over to one of the many spas to kill some time. 4 hours later I submerged! What started off as a one treatment idea became a spa package that was one of the best I have had. Right up there with a Turkish bath. I...

Jump to full entry

May 30, 2014 - Monkey Forest

Woke up early to walk back to the temples for morning pictures without tourists. It was so pretty and peaceful. There was a large resort on the water with a golf course that was absolutely stunning. I spotted a tiny path and decided to explore. It was beautiful! It ran along the golf course as well as the ocean. There were a couple of golfers out that I was able to stand back and watch. They had women caddies who were dressed in a type of uniform with the Asian conical hats. When the golfers got back into their carts after hitting, the two...

Jump to full entry

Mar 13, 2014 - Ubud

Tuesday, March 11: Venture to Ubud. We rented a van to drive all of us to Ubud. Ubud is a really unique part of Bali. It is the culture capital of the island. There are dozens of galleries and a lot of local delicacies. The drive took about an hour and a half and dropped us off right in the middle of Ubud, near the Water Palace of Tiratoonga. We went into a little coffee shop, ordered some copi and searched Agoda for a good deal in the area. We ended up booking a 4-star resort for $20. Most of the hotels that you stay in in Ubud are...

Jump to full entry

Feb 8, 2014 - Indonesia February 2014

Bali 4 February 2014 Why did we come to Bali in the wet season? A bit of a rushed decision perhaps. We were worried, what on earth will we do in a hot beach country when it is raining all the time? So I decided that rather than the coast we would head for Ubud -the cultural capital of Bali and the centre so you can head in all directions. Turns out so far that rain is predictable here it turns on at 3.23 and if you're lucky turns off again at 4.03. That's what's happened so far anyway. And the good thing is that people don't come because of...

Jump to full entry

Jan 13, 2014 - Doorways and Recaps

PART ONE: DOORWAYS As 5am hits and the roosters begin their crowing as if on cue, I leave through the beautiful stone and wooden doors that welcomed me in just 10 short days ago. An hour later the same sense hits as I walk into the airport, this time serving as a gateway to a new place rather than the destination. It occurs to me that throughout the entire course of my journey, I will constantly be saying goodbye after too brief a time, moving on from one place to another. I'm sure all of these will be sad, intermingled with the...

Jump to full entry

Jan 6, 2014 - Bali Beginnings

I've been in Bali for three days now and all I can say is wow, what a place to begin this journey. As many of you know, I'm staying with my second cousin, La, who just happens to be one of the coolest people on earth. She also was a major catalyst and guiding force in this whole thing. So you can thank her for my sudden departure; I know I will. La lives right outside a town called Ubud, which is in central Bali and consequently nowhere near the beach (contrary to popular belief, Bali is not all coastal and I will actually be spending very...

Jump to full entry

Nov 21, 2013 - Stupid Americans

I love to travel and in my world travels over the years I have ademently disagreed with the notion of "stupid Americans". Today I hang my head as I admit that I too, with my two college degrees and street smarts to boot, am a stupid American. Really cute Australian guy sits down next to me st the bar in the Gili Islands. So I strike up conversation and before you know it we are laughing and drinking and having a great island time. I mention my hunger (the bar were at does not serve food) with the hopes of a one -night passionate beach...

Jump to full entry

Nov 15, 2013 - Interesting Truths in Bali

As I prepare to leave Bali tomorrow morning I thought I would share some more interesting truths I have learned while living here... 1. It is perfectly acceptable for a restaurant to only have ONE menu. And yes, if there are other patrons you may just have to wait to view the menu until the other tables are done.... hope you are not actually hungry! 2. Soap is a luxury. I am here to teach the importance of hygiene, but soap is rare in most homes.... hmmm 3. It is ok to let the dog lick your bowls when you are done because they dont feed...

Jump to full entry

Nov 13, 2013 - When Life Gives You Lemons

Throughout life we all find Little disappointments. One of the "mummyisms" that rings through my head is "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade".  I hate when People say that in the middle of a really awful Situation... just let me suck my lemons, and when I have had my fill we can talk about making lemonade. It is even worse when you know there is someone out there dying to tell you "i told you so". That really makes it even more sour in the Moment. Well back in September, I found this great healthcare education program out here in...

Jump to full entry

Nov 12, 2013 - Karma is a Bitch

The Balinese people are verz spiritual. They spend extreme amounts of effort with their daily offerings to the gods, their believes in healers, and general spiritual processes. So wouldn^t you know that Karma out here would be a real live thing... let me explain. When we first arrived we were introduced to our two program coordinators, Dayu and Shiti. We tried to move the accent on Shiti but the sweet young girl insisted that we call her Shitty. It was awkward and uncofortable and anytime us foreigners used the word shitty to describe a...

Jump to full entry
Previous -- 0 1  2  3  4  5  6  ... 11  -- Next