Ubud - Part two

Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
Trip End Feb 01, 2012

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Chilled by the pool and watched a legong dance

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Part Two.

Hello everyone! Paul here.

Karen was spot on in the last entry about Ubud. It will be called home at some point. I have never been in a place that has so much beauty and artistry. Every time you pass a restaurant or cafe you want to go in because they look so beautiful.

On our 3rd day we moved to a new guesthouse on the recommendation of our German friends. It was cheaper, closer to the action and plus it had a pool! We had a lovely large bright room where we could pick up wifi and had a balcony with a great view. All for the royal amount of 15 and that's with breakfast! No wonder we ended up staying there for almost 2 weeks! When you have been on the road as long as us you find out quickly that rooms like this are hide to find so when you find them, you hold on to them!

We did not just lounge about the pool though. We went to the Monkey Forest which is a small bit of forest on the edge of the town with a few temples inside and yes, lots of very cheeky monkeys! The babies were the cutest thing ever. We also went to the fabulous art museum showcasing the amazing local art from the early 20th century. It looks like the Balinese have always been artistic.

The highlight for me was when we went to see the famous Balinese Legong dance. Now there are various troupes doing dances all over Ubud every night but the quality varies from amateur to top class professionals. Thankfully we did our research and our show was by the latter kind. Wow, what a performance! Basically the dance tells the story about a King who tries to force a maiden to love him. As she won’t he keeps her captive. The king’s brother begs him to release her but to no avail so they go to war. All this goes on with incredible dancing by the women. They move their bodies in sync to the thrashing music even though they have very tight costumes on. The most striking and unusual part of their dancing is the way they move their eyes to the music. It really is a sight to behold. If you ever come to Bali you must see the show and make the effort to see it in Ubud as the shows on other parts of the island are not as good apparently.

So that’s Ubud, a place that instantly felt like home. As you can imagine it must be pretty special if we are raving this much about it after 14 months on the road.

Our next stop is the beach in a place called Sanur. I will have a large Bintang please!

Love as always,

Paul & Karen xxxxxxx
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