Living in Nature........

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

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Kebun Indah

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Monday, April 21, 2008

I remember reading on the website at my hotel that in Bali, they believe in living with nature, and the surrounding here are so amazing, that alot of the guest houses and hotels have open bathrooms and some places have roofs and open wall, so expect to see some small creatures like ant, spiders, and geckos ( they eat the spiders and ants are pretty cute , and I  like them.)  and I have a few of these at my place, but I'm pretty tough when it comes to small guests in my adventurous places that I stay at,and its to be expected,  but outside from my upper deck I noticed on my 2nd day a HUGE spider web, and in it, one of the biggest spiders I have ever seen, it was about 6 inches in length.....yikes. Okay, he was far enough away from my deck, but from my bathroom window, when my windows open, yes, a little closer. I was pretty fascinated with this spider, I have never seen anything like him before. I kept my eye on him for a couple days, and he never moved, so I pretty much forgot about him, or her. Yesterday, from my shower, I looked outside and that spider was gone!! Where did it go? Yikes. I asked about the huge spider from the nice people who look after me at my guest house, " oh, that spider, don't worry not poisonous..." Still, that was a pretty big spider. I have not seen it since, and decided to keep those bathroom windows closed just in case its as curious about me as well.
I have found my Zen. I had the best day today getting up early once again and taking the best ( free) walk to the rice fields here in Ubud. It is designated trail, and I have to say , one of my favorite things that I have done so far. It took a couple hours, ( I think it was suppose to take only 1, but I got a little lost) but sometimes thats the best part! Getting lost, and not having anywhere that you have to be, is just fine.
I was out there on this trail all by myself, with maybe an occasional local farmer strolling by checking on his fields, no hawkers, no tourists, just me in this field of incredible beauty, it was one of those times where you forget everything else, and are just exactly there in the moment. There aren't too many times in your life when you can feel such bliss, but today was one of those for me, and I will never forget that moment of being exactly where I was today.
In the middle of this nowhere, was the most incredible organic garden restaurant, perched up on stilts in the middle of this field. Organic food is very popular here, and its cheap! I have been eating very healthy on this trip, and if eating organic was this cheap at home, I would do it more often. Its amazing how much better you feel when you leave out all those preservatives and added whatever from your wonder I am feeling so Zen.
On my last night here I splurged and ate at a very cute boutique restaurant here in Ubud called the 3 monkeys, its in downtown Ubud. The atmosphere, the food and the service are worth the big last night dinner came to $9 US dollars, and I even had a beer.
Tomorrow I have to say goodbye to my villa and Ubud, and will head back to busy Bangkok. I enjoyed a nap on my veranda today right when we had a beautiful afternoon rain storm, and it funny, I don't particularly like the rain. But when looking out into the jungle and watching it come down is absolutely incredible, and very peaceful. It was the first time its rained since Ive been here, It has been sunny ( and hot) every day since Ive arrived. Knowing that without the rain once in a while, Bali wouldn't be as green and lush as it is. I wanted to come here for peace and serenity, and I was lucky enough to find and feel it. Ahhhhh, time to go back to reality.....well after some great thai food and a couple more massages before I get on my flight home back to the states!
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