Monday Moment: Ubud Oasis

22.July 2012

Bali, Monday Moment

Ubud Bungalows, BaliI found Bali to be such a contrast sometimes.

The island is stunningly beautiful; tropical rainforest and jungle serve up a menu of green not seen elsewhere, the heat becomes just about unbearable before a tropical storm moves in and breaks it throwing down an alarming amount of rain and leaving nothing but freshness behind, and the people are some of the most gracious, graceful I have seen anywhere.

However, the traffic can be a nightmare with scooters and cars competing for roads built long ago, tourists (of which I recognize I am one!) crowd in everywhere, and touts fill in the spaces becoming overbearing and unbearable all at the same time.

Our guesthouse in Ubud was a beautiful oasis. It contained all the beauty of Bali and none of the ugly. The traditional architecture lent a soothing calm; I would sit on the veranda in the evening taking in the frangipani scented air and listen to the sounds of traditional music waft over the wall from the restaurant across the rice field. It truly was heavenly.


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6 Responses to “Monday Moment: Ubud Oasis”

  1. Carmel Says:

    Hmm…may have to get the name of that little oasis sometime next year…
    Carmel recently posted..Grilled Chicken Banh Mi & Hoisin Glazed Corn

  2. Kim Says:

    Gillian! You’ll have to tell me where you stayed when we get to Bali.
    Kim recently posted..To Be Outdoors

  3. rowing god Says:


    i was enjoying the Bali story when you jumped to the commercial….


  4. Hogga Says:

    Sounds like a good time though! Contrasts can be fun!
    Hogga recently posted..Welcome to Miami

  5. Leigh Says:

    I’m conflicted about going to Bali for just the reasons you mentioned. I think if I could get off the beaten path a little I’d enjoy it and your oasis sounds like a little bit of heaven.
    Leigh recently posted..Hiking in the Splendour of the President Range, Yoho National Park

  6. Arti Says:

    What a wonderful quiet place it seems. And it can get very noisy and congested on the roads here in India too, I identify with that part completely!!
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