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.
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.
I copied a pendant I saw in a magazine, Cartier’s Just Un Clou pendant (£4,700) – what do you think?….
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.
I can now make satay sauce from scratch, hurrah!