Our time in Ubud

Our pace of life has been quite nice while in Ubud.  We spend the morning adventuring on our scooter, have lunch, and then retreat to our villa and hang out in the pool or read when the temperatures rise in the afternoons.  Here are some of the things we have seen while in Ubud.  It's hard to believe our two and a half weeks is already coming to an end.  We could easily stay here... forever.

NEKA ART MUSEUM

This art museum surprised us.  Not only did it feature beautiful artwork from the private collector, Suteja Neka, it also included very descriptive descriptions of Balinese paintings, lifestyles, rituals, and festivals.  We spent hours reading the descriptions and looking at the artwork.  Here were a few of my favorite pieces. 

KECAK DANCE

This is one of the most well known dances in Bali.  There's a choir of men and boys that sit in a circle, go into a trance, and chant and sing throughout a love story.  The setting was magical, up the street from our villa, and featured a member of each family member that lives in our village, Janjangun.  

WOOD CARVING & BALINESE DANCE

Both wood carving and Balinese dance are an important part of the culture.  Wood carvers are congregated in different districts of Ubud, displaying an array of beautiful creations.  We have seen 15 foot statues of horses fighting, intricate beds, statues of all kinds, lavish doors, and kitchy tourist items.  If you can't find what you are looking for, they will make it for you.  If only we could figure out how to get a bed and table home...
Eric took a wood making class at Ubud's public library.  During his three hour class he made an adorable little turtle that is now joining us on our travels.  Here are some photos showing the progress of little Esme.  

Balinese dance is also an important part of the culture.  There's a different dance every night of the week for tourists.  I had no idea how hard it would be to keep my arms perpendicular the whole time or how hard eye movements could be!  Thankfully there are no photos showing how silly I looked, but I really enjoyed it.

FRUIT CARVING

Mr. Bee has been our go-to guy while in Ubud.  He's the translator between the owner of the villa and us, and he is the one we call with all questions.  He also has been teaching us some Balinese and about the customs on Bali.  When he offered to come over one afternoon to teach us food carving we jumped at the chance.  I think it's indicative of the Balinese people to make such beautiful things from the discarded fruit rinds.  They make such beauty from the smallest things, one of the things that enchants us so.