It’s been three weeks since I moved into my first Ubud home on the edge of the jungle… What an amazing haven it has been! Time has slowed right down for me, there is no stress, no rush, no hassle at all.
My day starts when the roosters wake me, some people might find the cock-a-doodle-do’s annoying but I love my new alarm clocks. Then I meditate for half an hour, with the ceiling fan on to cool me.
When it’s daylight Agung brings me a flask of hot water, I squeeze a lemon to make a hot lemon drink, followed by a cup of black tea. I fire up my laptop to check emails and Facebook, then breakfast arrives – a plate of fresh banana, papaya and pineapple, and a banana pancake or, fried egg on bread with some fried potatoes. I have another cup of tea then settle back on my enormous bed to read, write or watch something online. It is wonderful to finally have time to do those online courses I’ve had my eye on.
By mid afternoon I usually start feeling a bit peckish so venture out to get some lunch, sometimes I walk to Penestanan to get a big bottle of fresh green juice. Warung I-Jo has a great Indo buffet where I can fill a plate for as little as $1.50, and I have become a regular at Bali Buda as well. Often dinner is simply a big bottle of juice and a few raw cookies or nuts. Massage or a meditation class are nice once it has cooled down.
Things start to get quiet around here once it gets dark, locals shut their little roadside stalls and head home. Ubud is not a party town, although there are plenty of bars around if you want to go out and have a drink – many places have live music in the evening which creates a nice atmosphere. Alcohol is expensive in local terms, although much cheaper than drinking in Australia. I went out the other night with two German girls and two English guys who had just arrived in town, but that was the first bar I’ve been to since arriving.
Today I had to move out of my little haven, as my room has been booked by someone else. It was sad to say goodbye to Agung and his wife Pushpa who have been so friendly and welcoming. I will miss the jungle view from my balcony and the sound of the waterfall. But now I have a new street to explore and my own little Bali cottage. And I am very excited to hear that I have friends coming to visit, hurrah!