My friends Chris and Melissa flew back to Brisbane yesterday, after five days exploring Ubud. It was so nice to have some familiar faces around and I loved showing them my favourite haunts around town. Although there was plenty of rain while they were here, the weather held for their Bali on Bike tour and they really enjoyed their day of pampering at Fivelements (I spent the day by the pool and was able to say hi to Chef Made and the team again).
Chris and Melissa had never been to Bali before and I think it was a bit of an assault to the senses for them at first. The drive from the airport to Ubud had Melissa a bit frazzled as the lack of road rules, the honking and tooting of the mopeds and the terrible traffic made for a slow arrival to town. Chris was in awe of the Balinese buildings, carefully studying the clever bamboo design and there were murmurs of DIY – Bali hut anyone?
Melissa is a chai fan like me so after sampling a brew at Seniman Café she ordered some chai mix to take back home. They made the mistake of asking if I wanted anything taken back to Brisbane, well, yes, thanks for asking, would you mind taking back a mortar and pestle for me, thanks so much!
I booked us all in for a special meal of Babi Guling (roast suckling pig, a Balinese specialty) for dinner on their last night. Unfortunately Chris came down with Bali belly and spent his last day holed up at their hotel. That afternoon another friend of mine, Kim, arrived in town so I invited her to join us for dinner. It felt rather lovely to sit down to dinner with Melissa, Kim and my Bali friend Neil, we drank from coconuts while looking out over rice paddy fields (poor Chris missed out on the roast pig, I’m sure that was the last thing he felt like!).
Chris and Melissa departed for the airport (Imodium is your friend) and I showed Kim my little Bali cottage. As we walked back down the road in the dark, a rat ran up Kim’s leg. She was remarkably ok about it, if that had been me I would have screamed. If that had been Melissa I think sedation may have been required lol!!
This morning Kim joined me for a yoga class and then we went to Bali Buda for a juice and some breakfast. I had hummus on toast and she tried the spelt walnut pancakes. We also nibbled on some cacao beans that Kim purchased from the shop at the yoga centre. A lovely way to start the day.
Friends. Travel. Fun.