HomeBlogs East, Pray, Love & Escape in Ubud What can you tell about the journey of this passionate woman? In search of revelation and clarity, Elizabeth Gilbert treaded on an adventurous trip of a lifetime, only to come to appreciate that what truly matters is self-acceptance.
Spending her time across many countries, she believed the best retreat from life is enjoying life itself. Mistaking insights as worldly experiences, she found herself craving for fulfillment. Not even Italy or India could give her the peace that she longed for.
And she found it in Bali, an island of gods and goddesses. It drew Elizabeth Gilbert’s attention for its richness of nature, culture, cuisine. And love.
Join us for a journey of eat, pray, love and escape in Ubud, Bali.
You could smell canang (a Balinese offering; combination of leaves, flowers and incense) right after you step off the airplane or near almost every door you meet. You could see genuine smiles all over the Balinese faces who greet you with respect. These new experiences may fill you with questions. But never confuse. Escapade comes natural in Bali.
If you don't have a map in hand or even a clue, you can always understand phrases like "Taxi, Sir?" or "Hotel, Ma'am?" Just tell them you're heading to Ubud and you'll be on your way.
The escapade in Ubud can easily start right at the time you unpack your bag in a nice quiet hotel of your choise just as Liz Gilbert did, as she relaxed her body and mind in front of the beautiful scenery. She knew she had little to worry about because she could always converse with the locals. They'd be more than happy to explain what and where to go. Such is the friendliness of Ubud.
See Most people would recommend sightseeing at Jalan Raya Ubud. The Ubud Palace is a nice stop. But you shouldn't miss gazing at the rice fields at Tegalalang. Smell the air and feel the breeze on your skin. Embrace the butterflies in your stomach.
Go see a Kecak Dance exhibition, a marvelous gallery at Bianco’s or at Biasa Gallery. If you come at the right time, the yearly festival is as fascinating as it is. Find out what ceremony does the locals do along your days in Ubud. Witness how they live daily by embracing their spiritual side, just like Ketut Liyer (the healer which encouraged Liz to love again).
Meditation is good for your mind and soul. But don't get the wrong impression, meditation comes in many forms. Ask around and decide what suits you best.
Staying a few days, weeks, or even more than what you originally planned, will always be a wonderful moment to treasure. Exclusive hotels are optional. Even Liz enjoyed the blunt look of tropical tree tops, swimming pools and a fresh tropical fruits at a reasonably priced hotel down at Monkey Forest Road. "It’s good to be back," she said once along the journey.
Dash a lick of a strong spicy Balinese ‘Warung Babi Guling Ibu Oka’ (Balinese suckling pig set menu) down at Jalan Sweta Ubud, across the Ubud Palace. It's a five-minute walk to the leftside of Pasar Ubud. But if you miss home and want to munch a wider choice of culinary options, cruise along Jalan Raya Ubud (Ubud main road). During the filming of Eat, Pray, Love, Julia Roberts was invited by the local ruler to dine in an enjoyable restaurant in Ubud. That'll be be The Lotus in Jalan Raya Ubud.
Carry on, let's maybe sip down a few evening margarita at Nuri’s, plus a giant juicy ribs with sambal kecap (mixture of chili and soya sauce ), or a Japanese elegant at Ryoshi Ubud. You don't have to come at the same place twice since there are countless restaurants and delicacies to explore.
You might want to visit Pasar Ubud as well, hunt for some antiques. Spoil yourself with choices of antiques, decorations or traditional fabrics--all bargainable. Dare yourself to do so.