30 hours took our journey to Indonesia. First with the train to the airport and then 6 hours to Doha (Qatar), where we had firstonce 8 hours stay. Here we tried to rest a bit and then luckily found fairly quickly a quiet room for families in which both men and women had access.
At 2 clock in the morning the next, this time 10–hour flight, was on the program. At 17:00 local time we landed in Denpasar, the capital of Bali, where we were waiting for our driver to take us in a 1.5-hour-drive to our villa. On the way to there he told us all sorts of insider knowledge and information about the Indonesian language and stopped at a small warung, where we could enjoy super delicious regional dinner (of course in tourist spicy ;))
As we arrived after a long journey and almost no sleep at the Motama villa, we were enthusiastic about the accomodation. Our 110sqm villa, with huge king-sized canopy bed, modern bathroom, chic outdoor kitchen and private infinity pool were a perfect start after all the stress. And all this at a fair and reasonable price. It’s definitely a different start in our journey this time and we look forward to the next three nights.
Today, after a 3-course breakfast, we went firstonce on a discovery walk in the center of Ubud. In addition to many small shops it was also noticeable that many restaurants here specialize in vegetarian and vegan cuisine. About that we were particularly pleased. And even getting money out of the ATMs caused surprinsingly no problems (remember our annoying South America experiences;)).
The first tourist attraction was the Monkey Forrest. In a small jungle in the heart of Ubud you encounter many small monkeys playing their „mischief“ and steal everything from the tourists‘ head and out of their pockets. One also got on Björn’s shoulder after a short time. Besides insanely large trees and many, many monkeys you could also admire a beautiful temple there.
After lunch we spent the rest of the afternoon in our villa by the pool. Yes – a definetily a good life like that. In the evening we visited the center for one of the famous dance shows in Ubud Palace. Every Sunday there are traditional dance ceremonies. With colorful costumes, various masks and staring eyes the balinese artists showed us the various dances and traditional music.
For tomorrow we organized a driver who will show us the surroundings of Ubud. Huge rice terraces, more temples and hopefully some secret tipps will wait for us.