Wednesday 14 July, 2004 – Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Checked out of the Bali Ayu after breakfast, said goodbye to various staff – all of whom had been very friendly and welcoming – and to Jenny, Pete and the girls, before being collected by the tour agent to go to Ubud. There were three of us in the minivan, an older couple from Sydney and me. They asked to stop at a silver workshop and a carving workshop – exactly the same stuff as the ones we’d seen 2 days earlier, with the same eager staff demeanor. I waited outside, discussing diving with our guide.
Yulia Village Inn, unlike Bali Ayu, was right in the centre of the main drag Jalan Hanuman (Monkey Forest Road) with all the conveniences (internet, shopping, cafes) right outside. It’s a very pleasant small hotel with gorgeous gardens. Went out to explore. Lots of street stalls and a big outdoor market for shopping – I’ll get my bargaining skills tested there, I’m sure, buying gifts for home.
I visited Museum Puri Lukisan, which holds terrific examples of modern Balinese art, dating from the 1930s when the western influence of artists like Rudolf Bonnet and others changed the traditional style. It had beautiful gardens surrounding its display pavilions, but the humid climate is clearly taking a toll on the artworks – the galleries are not climate controlled and a fundraising program is underway to conserve damaged works.