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Indonesia: Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

I left Flores last Tuesday and I’ve been in Bali for a week now – it’s great to be in one place for a bit. I am staying just south of the Monkey Forest in Ubud and my hotel room is absolutely huge – in fact, it’s more like a house! I have a living room, kitchen and bathroom downstairs, and a bedroom with bathroom upstairs – I think I must have been upgraded 🙂 It’s been raining quite a lot but only in the early evening so manageable.

Sunset over Labuanbajo in Flores

Sunset over Labuanbajo in Flores

Rainy Bali

Rainy Bali

The entrance to my hotel room/house and garden

The entrance to my hotel room/house and garden

Offerings at the entrance of my hotel

Offerings at the entrance of my hotel

Everyone in Ubud seems to be on the Eat, Pray, Love trail. The people I have met (mostly women) are detoxing, on a yoga retreat, finding themselves, attending meditation workshops and drinking wheatgrass shakes. I feel like I don’t really fit in. However, Ubud is also known for it’s arts and culture so I decided to take part in a couple of art classes while I’m here.

I went to visit the main art galleries downtown and then on Saturday I went to the Chez Monique silversmith class. The instructor, Wayan, is possibly the nicest man you could ever meet. He helped me draw out my design on paper before gluing it to a piece of silver, cutting out the shape and then perfecting it with a file. It was so relaxing and amazing to have made my own jewellery.

Door detail at the Puri Lukisan museum in Ubud

Door detail at the Puri Lukisan museum in Ubud

In the garden at the Agung Rai Museum of Art

In the garden at the Agung Rai Museum of Art

Door detail at the Agung Rai Museum of Art

Door detail at the Agung Rai Museum of Art

Pura Taman Saraswati water palace

Pura Taman Saraswati water palace

At the Puri Lukisan museum in Ubud

At the Puri Lukisan museum in Ubud

Cutting out my pendant at the Che Monique silver smith class

Cutting out my pendant at the Che Monique silver smith class

I copied a pendant I saw in a magazine, Cartier’s Just Un Clou pendant (£4,700) – what do you think?….

Copying Cartier - without the diamonds

Copying Cartier – without the diamonds – mine is textured on one side and smooth on the other

I went to a cooking class today as well. We started at the market then went back to a family compound to make a five course lunch.

Snapping crackling off the suckling pig, at the market in western Ubud

Snapping crackling off the suckling pig, at the market in western Ubud

At the market in western Ubud

At the market in western Ubud

Incense in the onions at the market in western Ubud

Incense in the onions at the market in western Ubud

Making curry paste with a  pestle and mortar made of volcanic rock

Making curry paste with a pestle and mortar made from volcanic rock

Jukut Urab (Balinese mixed vegetable salad)

Jukut Urab (Balinese mixed vegetable salad)

Barbecued chicken satay

Barbecued chicken satay

Balinese crepe with palm sugar and grated coconut (amazing)

Balinese crepe with palm sugar and grated coconut (amazing)

Offering food to the Gods before we eat lunch in Ubud

Offering food to the Gods before we eat lunch

I can now make satay sauce from scratch, hurrah!

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