Bali: We spent most of our time around Ubud, a city located near the center of the island. Bali has the most rich and enchanting culture we’ve experienced, and we barely scratched the surface. Perhaps it’s because we’ve never spent time in areas where Hinduism is so prominent, but we found everything extremely fascinating to learn about. We constantly pestered the locals with questions- “What’s that flower petal behind your ear? Why do you have an offering on your dashboard? Can you tell us more about Brahma, Shiva, & Vishnu? What is that person wearing? Why are they sprinkling water on our heads? What’s this giant parade all about?” The list goes on and on. We loved immersing ourselves in the art, music, dance, architecture, and history of the region. Not to mention the beautiful landscape.
Our Hotel: Our bungalow hotel was completely integrated into the top of a steep jungle ravine about 15 min. from Ubud. The bungalows were very nice, the food was delicious, the landscaping was incredible, and the views were surreal. Sloane was very excited to get out of this place. Why? Because like all jungles, this one was home to many other things besides our hotel. We saw more new species of insects there in one day than we have in the past 20 years. And someone in our little family whose name starts with an “S” has arachnophobia. Poor little ‘S’ slept in constant fear for 5 nights straight. (The fear wasn’t completely unwarranted, we did see large spiders on a daily basis, including one that could easily wrap around our heads).