Monday 19 July, 2004 – Ubud to Legian, Bali, Indonesia
Spent my last morning in Ubud at the splendid Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA), much bigger than Museum Puri Lukisan. Set amidst beautiful grounds, it has a very large pavilion of traditional Balinese art. The impact of the colours and pigments brou8ght by the foreign artists who settled in Bali in the 1930s can be seen clearly. Another pavilion contained some striking contemporary works, including some refreshingly abstract work featuring shimmering colours, textures and patterns.
Caught the bus to Kuta; didn’t have accommodation booked, but had the address of some bungalows where Tim and Stephen had stayed in Legian/Seminyak. But it wasn’t marked on my map and by the time I’d lugged my pack the length of Jalan Double Six to the beach, I was ready to settle anywhere! When a friendly Australian accent said Hi, I stopped for a chat and to ask directions. Richard, new manager of the Sing Ken Ken Beach Hotel, right opposite the beach, asked his staff the whereabouts of the place I was seeking then offered me a lift there on his moto. However, as the place was at the opposite end of Double Six, away from the beach, I asked what his prices were. We settled on AUD$35 a night and I checked in.
Went for my first swim at the beach (at Seminyak the hotel had been too far from the beach, so I’d stuck with the pool), and watched the volleyball match on the beach while the sun set.