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Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
Trip End Feb 06, 2013

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, Bali,
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Here we are again: for the second time this year in Ubud. And the experience is totally different. Going to the center means passing Monkey Forest Road with all it's hectic and Western tourists. After a week of serenity back to the crowds. We asks ourselves what we are doing here. Do we really need this?

The driver drops us off at Raya Ubud road. We have selected a couple of homestays on the internet and are determined to check some of them before making a decision. But it doesn't turn out that way. Again we are being picked up by a local stonecarver/ticket seller/accomodation seller, called Made. The bungalows in the garden look very nice so we skip our initial plan and within half an hour we are settled in, drinking a beer on our porch. We don't waste time. Two hours later we go to a Kecak and Fire dance performance down the road. A really beautiful location out in the open. As Made promised us, this is a top quality group: song, dance and costum are incredible.

Sunday morning we decide to do one of the walks around Ubud. Although we wake up very early, the heat is already killing us. You should not start a walk by 9 AM but by 7 AM here! In the Ubud palace small children are being tought the traditional Balinese dances. Very cute. We quickly find the track, heading for the rice paddies and get into an interesting conversation with four young guys from Nusa Dua on the southeast coast. Our path leads us along the 'gold coast' of Ubud: on the one side the really expensive hotels with river view and on the other side big, fancy private villas. And then, finally, there is Karsa Cafe in the middle of the rice fields. The owner is clever enough to make good use of this by putting Balinese bales in the fish pond. The view is so great, as is the food, that we stay there for 3 hours untill they kindly present us the bill. Time to move on, we guess.
The walk is really incredible, going steeply up and down, winding through forests and small villages. The walk is much longer than we anticipated and with the heat (and cramps) we end up making a day trip out of it. This time we do use enough sun screen, so no sun burn for us.
A great day that asks for a great finish: the Luna Bar. Unfortunately it is happy cocktail hour, so we cannot help to drink a few. Also the food is fingerlicking good.
The next is Scooter day, not very surprising, that Made can also help us with that :-). Esther overcomes her scooter fear and climbs on the back. We visit several temples and stop for lunch at a small bakso warung.
Heading back we pass an incredibly beautiful landscape. Totally understandable that so many people fall in love with this island.
We try to celebrate our last evening on Bali, but Esther is so tired, that we end the day earlier than expected. At least we managed one cocktail :-)
Next day is a travel day: a five hour flight to Bangkok. Plus one hour customs when we arrive.
After 12 years we are back in lovely Bangkok.
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Hi esther and frank,
so many impressions... I expect to see you performing the "Kecak dance and song" in brussels or cologne next year ;-) I could imagine, that this is one of the requirements to get the indonesian citizenship. Let´s make a casting-date as soon as you´ll back in europe!
Enjoyed your cocktails furhtermore.

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