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Nov 9, 2015 - Final word on Ubud, Bali

The Ubud of my mind was not the Ubud I saw over the past week. The dances are spectacular. The music is lovely. But after attending a few, the performances feel like tourist shows. They don't feel like they have a connection to the lives of the Balinese people - except monetarily. Every little community in town seems to have their own "dance" troop. Some nights there are performances in 4 or 5 locations in Ubud. The tourists are getting thinned out. At one performance there were only 10 -15 tourists present. This just make the touts more...

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Nov 4, 2015 - Bali Day

5:00 a.m. There is the faintest hint of daylight. Roosters are crowing. It's a cool 26 degrees Celsius. I'm sitting on my balcony with a jacket on. Scheduled to go to typical 31 today. It will be another rough day in paradise. A typical day means we wander down past the pool to the outdoor dining area for complimentary breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast menu has 5 choices: Scrambled eggs and toast or nasi goreng or mei goreng or banana pancakes, a plate with papaya, banana, pineapple and a glass of juice. Then we begin walking about....

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Nov 2, 2015 - Ubud, Bali

2 November 2015 On route from Myanmar to Bali 1 November 2015 This evening I met Min, the owner of ProNiti, the Myanmar company we used to set up the tour of Myanmar. He came to our Yangon hotel after our arrival in Yangon from Ngapali Beach. Upon going downstairs, I immediately recognized Min from the photos he sent of the rescue efforts his company was involved in during the extensive flooding in Myanmar in August or September 2015. Our Yangon guide, Ton, pridefully told us about helping Min in the rescue of people during the...

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Nov 2, 2015 - Really in Ubud

Ok. So the last headline was a tease. Today is our first day in Ubud. Walked Monkey Forest Road to the market stopping for a coffee in the real coffee place and was given Nescafe ice latte. What a let down. We'd been dreaming of a real ice latte since starting our trip and we had decided that we wouldn't get a good coffee until reaching Ubud. On the positive side, Nomad's still serves the ginger, lemon and honey refreshing drink that I loved. And we picked up tickets for Legong and Barong this evening and found out that my favourite temple...

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Mar 21, 2015 - Happy Nyepi, Balinese style New Year

At the end of our stay in Lipah, I was struck down by dengue fever just a couple days after Fran recovered. Symptoms included a horrible, scull-splitting headache, an intense fever ranging from chills (Bali is NOT a place that you are normally at all cold) to shirt-drenching sweats, itchy skin (Fran had a rash), achy bones, and total fatigue. So it definitely put a damper on the New Years festivities, but I tried to make the best of it. Unfortunately being totally sick also meant my photos aren't great as people kept wandering into my...

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Feb 26, 2015 - Road trip north to temples

We planned one long day trip to three temples (the Elephant temple, Spring temple, and Gunung Kawi with large tombs), as well as a trip to a coffee plantation, the volcano, and rice patties. The entire day cost us about $15pp, with about $7pp entrance fees, etc. The Elephant temple, while sporting an impressive carved rock surrounding a cave, was a bit of a hassle. When we walked in, someone offered to take us on a guided tour; when asked how much, he said $20!! That made it super-easy to say, no need for a guide. Our favorite, the second...

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Feb 21, 2015 - Magical Ubud, Bali Indonesia

I've always wanted to go to Bali....and the hype did not disappoint. After scrimping on food and drink, camping, and eschewing expensive tours in Australia and New Zealand, Bali was paradise come true. For starters, our beautiful double-king bedroom came complete with private bath, extensive and filling breakfast every morning, a pool, and beauty around every corner. All for under $30 a night! We felt like we had died and gone to travelers' heaven, and in a way, we had. I'm already missing it! Indonesia overall is a crowded Muslim country...

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Feb 14, 2015 - Arrived at Sanur, Bali

Booked a taxi for 10:30am last night to take us to Sanur. Have breakfast, collect laundry and check out by 10:15am and wait ready. Not sure if he'll come. Arrived on time. When we booked the taxi, we told him were we were going. Yes, I know that says he. Did he? No! So nearly there and he pulls over, rings the hotel to ask for directions. It turns out the hotel is on the main dual carriageway in Sanur! They don't tell you that in a website! We're all on lookout for it. It's on the opposite side of the road, so we have to do a u'ie. That's...

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Feb 13, 2015 - 12th & 13th February

Pics to follow, wifi appalling and can't upload 12 February We'd decided to go to the rice fields. We'd spoken to a couple of guys in Pangkor who said we had to go and when we reached the end, to carry on because the pathway continues. So, using our guide book; I always have one for the appropriate country which is why our luggage is so heavy, we found the start in the centre of Ubud. Wasn't quite where it said but that was fine. We walked up and up and found it was exactly as we'd imagined only better. The fields are on different levels...

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Feb 11, 2015 - Bali

10th February Ok, drove to the airport a little earlier than planned; we got bored. Found their parking spots for Kasina rentals. That was ok.. But where were their offices? I went to look for them. Eventually find them, go and collect Guy and the luggage, have the car checked and go and pay. They don't have the paperwork from Penang. Why? Anyway, I tell them what I owe. There's a bit of a discussion and they don't want to charge me enough. After around 45 mins I've had enough and pay what they're asking for which is around £20 less than...

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Jan 1, 2015 - Happy New Year in Ubud!

Trish arrived into Ubud 2 days after she left Vancouver. Being the very seasoned traveller, it has taken her less than a day to recover from her long travels (with no jet lag!) and to acclimatize to the heat and humidity of Bali. The first thing she said after greeting us in the hotel lobby was "I'm thirsty!". What better way to quench that thirst than a cold bottle of Bintang beer. Welcome to Ubud!! We checked into the Alaya hotel located closer into town and especially closer to the famed, Yoga Barn. After unpacking and a cool down in the...

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Dec 28, 2014 - Ubud

Ubud is considered the cultural hub of Bali. This is so obviously reflected in the many artisan shops in and around Ubud, ranging from jewellery making, wood carving, batik making, basket weaving and of course painting. There are only a few main streets through Ubud so with the incredible influx of tourists, then locals to service the tourist, you end up with a traffic nightmare through this town. Ubud's infrastructure has definitely NOT kept up with the growth! We are staying at a very quaint cottage in the Penestanan neighbourhood, a 20...

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