Watch your step
Trip Start Sep 02, 2009
17Trip End Sep 27, 2009
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We got a slow start on the morning as at breakfast I blog and check e-mail, and Gary did research on the best places to eat and see as we want to make good use of our time. Gary calls Ubud the Roseville of Bali as there are tons of shops and resteraunts everywhere. On one section of the street you would swear it was Carmel as the shops were quite and eclectic, everything but the sidewalks which are very uneven and in places are missing or have large grates to step over. You could easily walk into a big gaping hole if you are not looking.
We made our way up Hanuman street and Gary could not resist stopping again at the musical instrument shop
It is already 2 pm by the time we make it as far as the spa. We both try a massage, seaweed scrub, yogurt cleans and rose petal bath for 1 & 1/2 hours at $18 it is a bit on the expensive side but comes recommended. Tthe grounds have medicinal plants growing that are marked with signs, and it is quiet and relaxing. While in the bath I could see kites flying overhead.
We finally made our destination which is the marketplace, as I want to get a better sampling of what is available. The vendors are a little overwhelming there and speak less English. As it is the weekend there are a lot more people in town, and the vendors were giving outrageous prices. This is too much of a tourist mecca as it is close to Australia (2 hour flight). The other problem is that the exchange is 10400 rupiah to the dollar so we have to be careful in our conversions.
The market was on the other end of town from where we are staying, so we made our way back down the main street, Monkey Forest Road and found a nice place for dinner. We ate at Wyann Cafe and bakery which is a large outside restaurant that just seems to go back further than you think it would. You can hear frogs and birds without all the street noise. I had corn soup and a salad with tuna and avacado and Gary ate gazpacho and twice baked potatoes. The chef trained in Santa Cruz, and the menu was eclectic. We got our desert to go as we wanted to try to catch a dance performance. The event was cancelled so we had an early night.