Birthday in Bali

Trip Start May 20, 2010
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Trip End Sep 05, 2011


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Ubud View Hotel

Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Sunday, September 12, 2010

DOMINIQUE HERE:

Day : 119
Temperature : 33 degrees
Weather : Sunny mornings, cloudy / rainy afternoons

We left Lovina for the 2 hour journey to Ubud and arrived early afternoon in the middle of a torrential downpour. This is not the best time to arrive in a new town looking for accommodation, so we headed into the nearest restaurant and ordered some food and waited for the rain to ease.

We eventually found a nice little hotel with a lovely swimming pool. Our room had great views over the rice fields, a comfy bed and free wi-fi. Happy days. We spent two days in Ubud, mostly relaxing (or fooling around as you will see from the photos!) by the pool, eating nice food, and visiting a couple of temples.

We visited the Monkey Forest Sanctuary to see the several hundred monkeys which live in a protected woodland. This was a completely different experience to our Orang-Utan tracking in Sumatra. We watched in amazement as dozens crazy of tourists (often with young children and infants in tow) tried to feed bananas to the monkeys. Not surprisingly many tourists came close to being attacked or scratched as these semi-tame monkeys tugged at peoples clothing, jumped on bags, clambered on shoulders and swiped at anything which looked like food. Kevin and I spent the entire hour skittishly trying to avoid being in close proximity to the animals, since the idea of a hospital visit for rabies treatment sounded unpleasant and expensive!

Our last day in Ubud was Kevin's birthday which we spent by the pool in the morning, having lunch at a lovely restaurant in the afternoon and we cracked open a bottle of red wine in the evening to celebrate. Unfortunately we had a very early start the following morning as we head to the Denpasar airport which is an hour by taxi from Ubud.

Bali was a nice break to the weary travelling of Java. The food was excellent and the standard of accommodation was also very good. The beaches however, we found to be rather unremarkable and overall we found Bali to be very touristy. That said, we only spent one week here, which is not really long enough to get a full impression. But Sulawesi awaits us, and so we must move on.

Check back later for some photos of Ubud. We seem to be having trouble uploading right now and are trying to figure out the problem.
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