A Day in the life in Ubud....

Trip Start Apr 12, 2008
Trip End Apr 25, 2008

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Kebun Indah

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

My days have been still starting out early,usually around 5 am, it seems to be my automatic alarm clock that I had no intention is setting for that time. From my bed I can see outside into the forest , and my view is insane. It feels like I'm waking up in a movie set, it looks that unreal. My room now is on the top floor of the villa, and I'm up so high that I have an amazing panoramic view of this jungle and the rice fields. I'm up so high that the birds are right outside my window, and luckily in a little distance this morning I watched a few ( small ) monkeys swinging thru the trees. I only have a fan in my room, but the breezes are wonderful; and my villa is sort of like a tree house and with the windows open it feels great and isn't hot at all. I can even sleep with the windows open since my place is so private, and very safe.
They bring me my breakfast to my veranda in the morning and I can choose something different every day. From my deck I can see out onto the rice fields and am entertained by the local farmers chanting and yelling at the birds who are trying to eat their rice, they wave flags and build unsuccessful scarecrows trying to scare them away. I can also see from up there the local men bathing nude in the river, which they seem to do several times a day, and dont seem to care if anyone is watching. The Balinese are very conscious of cleanliness and bathe several times a day, when you drive thru the local villages you can witness them bathing on the sides of the roads in the fresh water rivers, sometimes they do their laundry at the same time, how convenient!
Today I had arranged a driver to take me personally to some of the favorite must see temples and places, I choose this private air-conditioned transport over the "tour " bus companies and big crowds of people.
Our first stop was a traditional Balinese Barron dance. It took place in a ancient temple and their was a huge tiger, or it could of been a dragon, and lots of people in costumes and pretty music, and people being sacrificed and someone was eaten by the tiger, but then he lived. Thats at least what I think happened, it was cool.
Then next came a elephant cave, but there weren't any elephants, just alot of pretty scenery and statues. Then we went to another temple where outside was a man with a python snake and was offering to have your picture taken with her,( her name was ester- the python) Okay so I'm not making this up, I actually had my picture taken with this python wrapped around me. Just when you think that there couldn't be anything so completely bizarre and random to cross off your list ( this really wasn't on my list) but I did it anyway and have the pictures to prove it. Ester was big, and she was heavy and to be honest with you, it was one of the strangest feelings having a python wrapped around you, but I'm In Bali!!! So why not , you only live once.My mom is totally freaking out right now.
After that I went down into the temple and there were ALOT of stairs, and it was ALOT hot. It was fine going down, and so pretty!!. There was a river down on the bottom and statues carved into the side of the mountain, incredible. Okay, so then I had to climb back up, and it wasn't so pretty on the way back. I thought I would have a heat stroke! I dont know how the older, not so inclined folks do it! But then again most of the tourists come in the morning , not in the afternoon, no wonder I was practically  the only one there , silly me.
So after a nice lunch at this beautiful restaurant on the edge of the rice fields, it was back for a afternoon nap at my villa in the sky, fabulous.
It gets even better....I had an appt for a massage and spa treatment at a place near my hotel called Zen Spa, what a perfect name. The spas in Ubud are incredible...mine was in a outdoor jungle, you walked on  large stones in a river to get to your room, and the rooms had an outdoor garden with a waterfall  in the back by the bathtub, I have never been in a place like this before, and I have been in some amazing places!
First I had an hour Balinese massage , they love to concentrate on the butt region, nice, different, not for the shy. Next came a body scrub with ginger and sandalwood, and then a bath in a tub full of rose petals....yes I'm serious, a bath in rose petals. All of this for the luxurious price of $12....and it lasted a hour and 45 minutes.
So that was my day....tomorrow I'm going to a Earth Day celebration in Ubud, how appropriate!!
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