2 – 5 March 2013
Our time in Bali began with a few days in Ubud – the cultural centre of the island and a paradise set amongst the hills, with rice terraces and green forest surrounding us. It was monsoon season so the clouds were low and the air was sticky, a downpour was threatening any time, but it was ok, the rain would clean the air and ease the temperatures just for a little bit. It was SO relaxing too, we had amazing accommodation in central Ubud and quite possibly the tastiest breakfast ever! I even went for a traditional spa treatment which I never usually do, it was time to be a tourist, we were in our final week before returning to Australia after 2 years of total budget travel.
We visited the local markets and temples, historical landmarks of Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) and Gunung Kawi (Poet Mountain) and explored the surrounding villages and hiking trails. We mostly went out of town on foot because we weren’t prepared to hire a scooter, but of course, this meant getting completely lost and navigating busy streets with no footpaths, then suddenly finding the roads end at nothing but rice fields in the middle of Bali, with not a soul to ask for help. For the first time in weeks we could be alone, without hearing another voice or road noise. Nothing. This turned out to be a blessing, even though it was frustrating at times.