I have been back in London for a whirlwind five days where I (barely) got over my jet lag, unpacked, did some laundry, went to see Dan play live at the 100 Club, caught up with friends and now re-packed for the next adventure which begins tomorrow.
And finally, the evening before my departure, I have some time to reflect on my wonderful trip to Indonesia.
As a picture is worth more than what I can offer you in words, here are some of my favourite moments from Ubud and the surrounding area.
Wherever I happened to wander around, there seemed to be a hidden treasure just waiting to be discovered. Here is a little garden, quietly tucked away near Monkey Forest Road…
The preferred mode of transport is the scooter, which you can rent for about 3 dollars per day.
Beauty is everywhere, in all shapes, forms and sizes.
Ask anyone and they will confirm that sidewalks are most dangerous than the roads!
About an hour’s walk outside of Ubud, you can find some peace and quiet, away from the busy streets of the centre…
And of course, wherever there are foreigners in search for a more spiritual experience, there will be centres that spring up to cater for that need. Here is the beautiful Yoga Barn, a few minutes before a sound meditation class.
When you are on a side street and you suddenly hear the wild cheers of a group of men, you may be near a cock-fight… as we unfortunately experienced one otherwise quiet afternoon…
Sunrises rival the Gili islands…
Life is all about balance…
Some are braver than others (this is the hand of our “guide” during a hike).
Can you spot the rice-field worker?
Here he is!
The focus on the detail seems to bring everything to life. Beauty is all around and walking in and around Ubud is a real pleasure.
Whether two days or two weeks, Ubud is definitely worth a detour.