Watch your step

Trip Start Sep 02, 2009
Trip End Sep 27, 2009

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Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Sunday, September 6, 2009

  Saturday was another relaxing day here in Ubud.  I had the inspiration to reread the part of "Eat, Pray, Love" where the author spent her time here in Ubud but I did not load the book on my Kindle.  I bought a device call Kindle which is an electronic book that is fabulous.  In the states the books load on wirelessly in a minute or so but out of the country I can not add books. 
  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.  The night before he stopped and played a long stick with a string wired from top to bottom and a gourd attached to it.  You play it by striking the string with a malat.  Well he is now the proud owner of gourd with string!!  He decided to carry the 4 foot stick with him for the entire day...I wonder how it will be getting it on the airplane?
    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.

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