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The Sunday Six: Things You Might Not Know About Bali

Gunung Kawi Temple Bali

1: Everyone Has The Same Names If there’s one thing you’ll notice on Bali holidays, it’s that everyone seems to have the same names: Nyoman, Wayan, Komang… Why? Well, in a system of beautiful simplicity, every child, male or female, is called by the order of their appearance in the family. So the first-born is […]


The Sunday Six: Great Restaurants in Ubud, Bali

Flowers for offerings on sale at Ubud market Bali.

This post is now out of date. Please head on over to my other site for 21 of Ubud’s best restaurants, current as of January 2015. If you want to read more about Ubud in general, click here. The Ubud dining scene has more diversity than you’d think.From vegan to Italian via street food, here […]


The Sound of Silence

nyepi day melasti ogoh ogoh

On Saturday, town was so quiet you could literally hear the silence. Not the usual raucous night-time non-quiet, the squawking yabber of geckos, the surprising baritone of tiny frogs. But that daytime silence you get in the deep countryside, where you can hear the breeze in the leaves and the rice shoots. It’s the year […]


A Walk in the Rice Fields

Rice paddies and a house in Ubud, Bali

When she was a little girl, Su’s father built her a little tower on stilts in the rice paddies. Not to play houses — unusually for a Balinese woman in her 40s, Su’s still awaiting Mister Right — craft offerings from flowers, or necklaces from cassava leaves and stems. Though she’ll show Z how to […]


14 Great Arts Courses in Ubud, Bali

Yves Picq's image of Rice terraces in Bali

Set amid the rice fields, temples and river gorges of rural Bali, art comes naturally in Ubud. And it’s one of the easiest destinations in the world to get in touch with your artistic side, thanks to a myriad day, half-day or longer arts courses just waiting for the taking. So it’s worth planning some […]