Salsa, Tango and Reggae Oh My!
Trip Start Nov 02, 2010
38Trip End Nov 02, 2012
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After a rest we used our trusty guide book to search out somewhere good to eat. Dewa Wurung was everything the book said it was, worth tracking down. Good food, relaxed atmosphere, and dirt cheap. This is where we met crazy Katia, a fashion designer from Germany, and Emily, the American living in China and hating every moment of it
So the plan was… meet at 12, jump in the car, visit some rice paddies and a temple or two. After the first car didn’t arrive, Katia jumped on her trusty scooter and came to the rescue by hunting down another banger to hire. So come 3pm! We were eventually on route. Of course by then it had started bucketing from the heavens but, I have to say, it added to the craziness of the trip. Driving just outside of Ubud we saw loads of gorgeous scenery. It’s such a picturesque place. We stopped off at one of the rice paddies and a local lady kindly took a few pics of us, of course she went for hard sell of her array of sarongs but it was nice of her all the same.
The roads in Bali are what you would imagine, small, windy and full of massive pot holes, which made Katia’s erratic driving all the more life threatening, I mean fun. We then arrived at a temple the girls had been wanting to visit. It was a Hindu temple with holy springs where people come to bathe in and pray. It was really interesting to watch them. You could tell they really felt spiritual in the water. We however didn’t have to bathe to get soaking wet as it continued to pee it down
Katia and Emily then wanted to drive across Bali to visit another temple. By this time it was very dark and still chucking it down! Thank god they managed to see it was a bad idea before it was too late. Not a great idea to drive for hours in a country with dangerous roads, bad weather conditions and not knowing where you’re actually going. Thankfully we settled on going back to Katia’s with some beers and calling it a night.
Ubud is full of great restaurants, bars and boutique shops. Just walking down the street it so colourful and there’s always something going on. The local food’s great too. I was a particular fan of the Nasi Goreng, which is a rice dish with pork or chicken, a fried egg and prawn crackers. The best of Ubud though is the Babi Guling, the best roast pork with the best crackling you’ll ever have. Where to get it? Ibu Oka, Ubud, Bali. Even Rick Stein visited it on his Far Eastern Odyssey, it’s that good.
It was stuffing our face as usual when we met Matt from Miami
Before that we headed back to the CP Lounge, tail between my legs of course after torturing all the bar staff the night before, everyone’s best friend! They were holding an event for the local blind kids. It was such a good event. The kids performed for us, doing everything from performing traditional Balinese dance and singing Balinese songs, to reading poetry and playing music
We also made 2 new mates from Adelaide, Kate and Elise; hope to meet up with them sometime when we get Oz. All in all Ubud was a flying success. Highly recommended! And if you fancy a dance, there’s a good restaurant/café bar called Casa Luna. The staff do brilliant Latin dances and get the diners up for a dance, it’s really good fun. Had to get the salsa in there or the title of this piece wouldn’t make sense!