We still have our tourist rose coloured glasses firmly affixed and are just sitting back and enjoying the ride. Downtown Ubud is not the sort of place we would like to live but are really enjoying our stay. The traffic in the main tourist area is gridlocked most of the time. Wandered up to Casa Luna to try their 3pm Cake and Coffee special. Cost us A$12.80 and was expensive for what we got. Service only fair and we decided there is better value to be had elsewhere.
For dinner we thought we would try The Pond overlooking a charming lotus filled pond. The Table we got was right on the pond, a very romantic setting. The food and service was faultless. Erica had Nasi Campur which had chicken, beef, tempurah, roasted coconut, peanuts vegies and rice. I ate a vegetable dish with rice and they were both delicious. Cost including a Bintang Beer and Lemon Squash was only A$16 a truly Retiree /pensioner priced night out! Not much dearer than our earlier cake and coffee. We plan to return tonight to the other side of the Lotus pond where the menu is different.
Our compound residents have been out and about the place every day and I have taken some pics of them. We noticed all the other people staying in here are European and yesterday after walking around 5km in town we did not hear an Aussie accent.
This is now peak season in Bali and almost everywhere is fully booked. The “Booking Queen” has been at her pad since early trying to find a place in the Sidemen valley for a week from the 10th August. We were near there on our day tour and it looked very alluring! Eventually we have booked seven nights at Pondok Uma Ayu in a one bedroom bungalow as all our first choices were fully booked. It is only costing us A$41 a night including breakfast. It looks like we will be able to take long countryside walks from there.
Just got back from a long walk to the end of our street, about 4km. Stopped on the way at a vegetarian Café called Warung Sopa and had veggy curry of the day and some gozas with two lime drinks for about A$8. Our street it turns out ends in a very large rice paddy and the whole distance was lined with walled family compounds. The walls are made of many different materials from stone to mud bricks. As I write the family here are chatting away just like Australian Families used to before TV and the Internet. I wonder have we progressed?