Ten months have now passed since Mr. E.N.L. and I left Australia to come to Bali and living in Ubud has made our stay a very easy one. Away from the tourists and crowds of Kuta, Seminyak, etc. but still near enough to pop down for a little bit of shopping and a night out with friends for a lovely meal every couple of weeks.
Ubud has lots of culture, religion, artistic things going on everywhere, and is generally known as the Cultural Heart or Artistic Centre of Bali.
There are many Cooking Schools, Silversmithing courses, Batik classes and of courses hundreds of yoga retreats and wellness spas.
Organic Markets are popping up everywhere to cater for the Westerner’s tastes for healthy fruit and vegetables. We can buy wonderful tomatoes, mangoes, papaya, pineapple, rocket, coriander, etc. all grown without chemicals. The strawberries are exceptional, especially teamed with the magnificent yoghourt produced here.
Villas in Ubud are generally very open-air with fans to catch the breeze. It is said air-conditioners are not needed but for most people, an hour or two of a blast of cold arctic air is very nice every day.
Most people live 5-10 kms out of the centre of Ubud, away from the noise of motorbikes and chickens and dogs and the ricefield area as shown in Julia Robert’s Eat Pray Love film are the most preferred. Bicycle trips and fancy car rides tour past these magnificent areas, whilst the hard-working farmers with their bent frames from years of bending over to tend their rice crops, go about their business. Ducks move happily around the fields doing the job of pesticides. A green, tranquil scene and one that I hope will never disappear.