Ubud pavements

You only have to google these two words to come up with a host of results with phrases such as ‘death traps’ and ‘flat on her face’ sprinkled generously throughout tourist reports. It is a given that you must walk head down to be (pun alert!) one step ahead of any hazards. These range from […]

Return to Taman Nusa

It’s been just over four years since we first visited Taman Nusa, the cultural park in Gianyar with the tag line ‘Visit Indonesia in an afternoon’. In 2013 it had just opened. ‘Just opened’ as in a day or so before our visit. I wrote about that trip here. Back then it was terrific, but […]

Where had all the orchids gone?

With a compound name like Pondok Anggrek (Orchid House, or rather ‘hut’ but that’s a quibble) any visitor to our place would expect to see some of these lovely flowers. It was the name we decided on after all, we didn’t inherit it. In the early days we purchased orchids at every opportunity, and for […]

Cremation in Ubud

The village farewelled 29 of its own last Thursday in the usual spectacular fashion of ngaben ceremonies. Preparations had been going on for a month and nobody slept the night before as the Pedanda (High Priest) led prayers and chanting throughout the early hours for the safe journey of the souls of the departed. It […]