It’s about nineteen miles from Seminyak to Ubud, because the crow flies. However we took a automobile, and automobiles in Bali use slender, winding roads which might be clogged with scooters, pedestrians, and anything that strikes. There are not any site visitors lights. To make a flip, the driving force edges towards oncoming site visitors, waves, then waits for the opposite motorists to allow them to go. Our high pace on the journey was round thirty miles per hour. At one level, we acquired caught in a site visitors jam that was attributable to the lunchtime rush at a very well-liked roadside hen joint. The journey took about two hours.
As Angelenos, Christina and I are very accustomed to site visitors, though in LA the road at an In ‘N Out drive-thru, versus a hen joint, is commonly the wrongdoer of our lunchtime site visitors jams. However solely vacationers eat beef right here, so hen it’s. Additionally, the site visitors in LA has a grinding, soul-crushing really feel. Right here, the site visitors is extra like an invisible pressure discipline that slows everybody down and invitations you to cease and go searching.
On the street to Ubud, we stopped to see some girls making batik materials. Christina purchased a number of meters of fabric. One sample will probably function our tablecloth at Thanksgiving. After some YouTube tutorials, Christina plans to make the opposite sample into some throw pillows, though for causes which might be unclear to me, I’m not allowed to throw them.
Just a few miles down the street, we stopped once more to see some males carving wood sculptures by hand. Their work is unbelievable, they usually do it with out assistance from an image to information them. Widespread sculpture topics embody monkeys, canines, frogs, dolphins, and a big-ass Komodo dragon. There have been additionally quite a lot of deities, together with a ten-foot Jesus, skinny Buddhas and fats Buddhas, and Ganesh (naturally). We purchased a wood dragon masks as a result of it spoke to us, and if I’m being trustworthy, as a result of we’re obsessive about HBO’s Home of the Dragon. We considered shopping for one thing greater, like an enormous wood dong, however I didn’t wish to have to clarify that one to the customs brokers at LAX.
Finally, we made it to Ubud, a city excessive up within the mountains that many name the cultural heart of Bali. Ubud shall be our base of operations for the following eight days, so I’m hoping to study extra concerning the textiles and wooden carvings we purchased. I’m additionally hoping to see tons of monkeys as a result of I fucking love monkeys, and Ubud is monkey central. Hopefully, I’ll additionally get to do some yoga as a result of that’s huge in Ubud. However for now, I’ll shut with an image of the view from our lodge.
Like I stated, it’s the journey and the vacation spot.