Eat , Pray , Love.....of course.

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


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Kebun Indah

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Monday, April 21, 2008

So for all of you that know about the popular book,.... Eat, Pray, Love the question comes up are you going to Bali in search of the experiences that the author ( also named Elizabeth) found in her time there? Well, I planned this trip before I read the book, and her experiences in finding herself were pretty inspiring, and I loved the book. But I did not come to Bali and to Ubud to seek the same, I am on my own journey, and am glad that the book brought some here in for that reason alone, Bali is still in need of visitors, even though I do love having so much to mself, but the people who live here so desperately need our business to survive. I believe that Bali has been discovered for some time, especially Ubud.
This place still is quaint in most parts, but still is overgrown with shops, tours and restaurants, and guest houses. If you go not too far out of the main part of Ubud, you can stay in a place that makes you feel that you are really away from it all. The prices are still very low, but this place was popular way before the book came out.
I ran into a woman just arriving at a local bead shop, and she started a conversation with me. " Have you read the book, you know the book , Eat , Pray, Love"??? ( I knew where this conversation was going, but I was polite...) yes I answer, " Well, I went to see Elizabeth's healer, and I can tell you exactly where she is in town if you like, you need to make an appt, shes quite popular, because of the book you know, she even has her own copy of it in her studio..." I bet she does , I answer.....no thats okay, I am okay on my own. Then the woman explains how she had a bad hip, and other various health issues that were way too much information for someone in  a less than 10 minute conversation, and how the healer gave her a massage that helped her tremendously and a bag of herbs, and told her she needed to come back several more times if she really wanted to feel better......Hmmmmm, I think, so how much did she charge you? $80 the woman explained to me...( a typical Balinese massage you can get for around $10)
Well, the healer is making a good living, good for her. As much as I love to travel to places that are interesting and intriguing, Its hard to find places that are newly discovered, because many of the places I go to, are places that are recommended by others, or places that I have read about, its hard to find your own new place, and be the first one to be the sharer of all that is discovered. But I am finding my own experiences here, even if I'm not the first one to discover this place.
It takes a few days when you first come some where new, to get your routine, and really be a part of where you are. Every morning I watch the Balinese place their morning offerings out, bowls of fresh flowers and incense. They place these in front of their temples, and businesses for good luck, and if you are the first customer of the day you get " morning price" which can be very low, and they take your money and touch it on several items in their store blessing the day for good sales all day long.
Ubud as much as it had grown, still remains very local. There are no Star bucks, McDonald's, and of course the famous "Hard Rock Cafe"....so that part remains to keep the money made here, here, and not given to some big corporation. I did see a YFC.....yummy fried chicken. They made the sign look just like the original, KFC, pretty funny.
There arent alot of backpackers here, alot of tourists that are coming for more of the resort style vacation, and the prices in some places are the same as alot of the basic guesthouses that you would get somewhere else, but you get alot more for your money here. The food is good, and cheap. I am eating for less then $10 a day ( which leaves me more money for massages !)
I have been trying to do a little cleansing, and eating healthy and doing alot of walking, exp in the mornings, because it gets really hot in the afternoon. This place is very spiritual, so its easy to feel the inspiration to be good to yourself, so far , I'm treating myself pretty special. :-)
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