Ubud Journals

Ubud, Bali

A May 2006 trip to Ubud by alan_nesbit

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Quote: I had been to Bali before, to Nusa Dua in the south where modern hotels isolate visitors from the world around them. I knew there must be more to Bali than that, and there is...much more.

New Year in Ubud

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Nowhere have I seen so much local culture, apparently untouched by the distractions of the modern world. Ubud is a mainstream tourist destination, but the Balinese way of life goes on apparently unaffected.   There were New Year celebrations last weekend, and the sound of gamelan could be heard morning, noon and night. Barong (half dog, half lion) dance troupes toured the streets, with the two men playing the beast accompanied by players carrying their instruments, and stopping to perform outside shops and houses along the way. In the temples, the players sat cross-legged with their instruments arranged in front of them. The sounds were rich and resonating, harsh, and tinny.  ...Read More

Cycling around Ubud

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We hired bikes on Sunday morning. Before long, we had left the town and were in the countryside. Blue, tropical skies, swaying palm trees, the emerald green of the rice paddies – what can I say?   We passed through several villages, each set amongst the rice fields. Children greeted us as we passed, people on motorcycles waved. The Balinese seemed genuinely cheerful and happy to see us.   We could hear the New Year celebrations at one temple soon after leaving Ubud and we arrived to find lines of motorcycles parked along the roads outside. Taking it in turns with the two sarongs we had between us, we went into the courtyards, where the people of three villages were nearing ...Read More