So much to do, such little time!
Trip Start Jul 24, 2011
14Trip End Aug 23, 2011
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I got to Ubud on Monday and it's been non-stop, well, so it seems! I arrived here at about 1 o'clock and immediately met my neighbour, a lovely Australian lady called Bonnie! To get my bearings I decided to walk round the main block of the town, which took me about 2 hours, but that did include stopping for lunch and popping into several shops. It was a great way to start the week as everything is centered round these main streets.
The next day I had planned to go to the palace but it was raining!!! All day as well. I decided the palace gardens would be much nicer in sunshine so hit the art museums instead. Balinese art is interesting, mostly related to Hindu religion, and also very busy... There's a lot going on in one picture.
I also managed to pick up an email from the girls I met on Gili T, and that evening we met for dinner at a very posh bar... It was about £5 for the cheapest meal, which seemed extortionate having gotten used to paying about £2 for dinner, lol. It was in the Jazz Bar and the entertainment and atmosphere was fab... Well worth the extra £3!
Yesterday I joined the girls again and we did an 8.5km route out of Ubud and through rice paddies from the lonely planet. I felt so lucky being able to join them as I didn't really fancy doing it on my own. It was a great route and well used as there were people about the whole time. The rice paddies is something I have been dying to see since I was about 8 and i think I saw saw a picture of some in one of dads National Geographics.
So to today... Which has been and experience of a life time I reckon. The royal family live in Ubud and it was the cremation of their King today.... The roads were closed and everybody took to the streets to watch the procession. There was Gamelan musicians, ladies carrying offerings, men in traditional costumes, and then the giant Buffalo!!! The buffalo is considered the most scared animal in Hindu religion I believe and regardless of who you are one features in your ceremony. It stood about 5 metres tall and was decorated in gold and red, which so much detail!!! Anyone could join the procession but you had to wear the traditional sarong and sash. Bonnie and I decided not to, which was a good decision as there were son many people we'd have not seen anything.
I have plenty left to do here in Ubud... And it's not long now till I get home, so the time will fly by I am sure.
Take care, love to you all,
PS - to my girlies... I hope you got on well today!! My fingers are crossed!! Eddy, x