7 Days in Ubud, Bali
The morning started like many of my mornings for the last three years. Staring at the ceiling of another hotel room. My mind works through some quick gymnastics and pulls at my short term memory. The sound of the cock crowing in the jungle threw me for a minute. Yesterday we were in Japan. Today we are in Ubud, Bali.
I open the sliding doors to the gracious yet sparsely furnished patio and note the caul of humidity draping the vegetation. Peeking through that are tropical blue skies. My skin is already starting to shine from all the moisture. It’s not even 6am and it’s already hot.
This is how my first day in Ubud, Bali began.
But my history with Indonesia goes way way back. Back to the summer between my freshman and sophomore years in high school, when my dad moved to Jakarta for work. He paid for my tickets to visit him early on in his two year contract there, and I happily obliged and took up a shift washing dishes at Rosario’s in Madison, a place I had worked before and was quite familiar with. I spent a good chunk of my summer in Jakarta that year, but that’s a whole different set of stories I have yet to really put down.
That’s not why I’m writing this here today though. This is meant to be an overview our days in Ubud, Bali. A high level recap of each day, although if things go according to plan, will be roughly the same: yoga, amazing food, coffee, writing.
Here it is! A recap of our 7 Days in Ubud, Bali.
As predicted, we had a full day of yoga and food, along with a surprise warning from the hotel that our shoes shouldn’t be left on the patio at night because animals might come by in the night to steal them.
Day two in Ubud, Bali consisted of, yes, more yoga and yes, more vegan food. But it also included a bout of public snoring during a yoga class AND a man in a turban singing above me while I lay prone on my back.
Another food focused day in Ubud, but it’s not what you think. We didn’t eat at a vegan restaurant. We took a cooking class! Okay, I lied. Our dinner that night was at an amazing raw restaurant.
For the first time since I’ve been married I showered in front of a woman I just met. But that was after she rubbed my entire body with herbs and rice. That’s right. Day four in Ubud was about massage. And then yoga and vegan food of course.
Day five in Ubud was a bit of a lost day. It contained some things we remember like yoga and food and coffee. So instead of boring you with a recap, I wrote a fictional recounting of events that didn't actually happen. Or did they?
Back to our regularly remembered series on what we actually did in our 7 days in Ubud. Being walked on by the strongest woman in Ubud and a chakra cleaning by the Indonesia Frida Kahlo.
On our 7th and final day in Ubud, Zac makes a friend by feeding a spider, and then we learn that “foot reflexology” in Ubud is marketing for a simple foot massage.
Google Map of our Seven Days in Ubud, Bali
If you are a more visual person, we've built for you a handy map of all the places in Ubud that we visited. The great thing about this is that you can use it on your phone!