Vegetarian food at Kafe, Ubud

The Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Ubud, Bali

Ubud is a definite contender for best vegetarian destination in Asia. The name Ubud itself means medicine and the town is a magnet for all things health-related. Yoga-lovers and spiritual seekers flock to the town in droves and the restaurants have perfected the menus to serve them. From raw food to Ayurveda to macrobiotics ­– whatever … Read more

San Pancho fire sunset

Year two on the road in photos

“How long are you off for?” “Maybe 2-5 years, who knows?” said Steve 730 days ago at our party to say goodbye. It was an answer said half-jokingly. We had no idea what this journey would look like or how long it would last for. We still don’t know where it’s going, but we do … Read more

Is this the best school in the world?

One of the reasons we were drawn to Bali was a school. We’re not planning on having kids anytime soon nor do we even know if that’s a path we’ll go down, but we realised when we were in San Pancho that when it comes to choosing a place to live, good education options might … Read more

Victoria Watts eating cake

Time to say f*ck it

I’m writing this with some homemade cookies and a coffee complete with milk. Dairy, wheat, caffeine, sugar, it’s all there and it’s glorious. I’ve been in rebellion mode for a month now. Two months of austerity in Ubud came to a crashing close at the Writers and Readers Festival where the arrival of the literary elite pushed away my … Read more

Cocktail on Balangan beach

A weekend by the beach in Bali

As we approached our last weekend on Bali, we realised we’d only managed to visit the beach once in our entire five months there. Both of us had been so busy on our various projects that we’d had little time off, and Ubud kept us more than entertained for the leisure time we did have. … Read more

Applied kinesiology and allergy testing

DKITYTI: Applied kinesiology and allergy testing

I wrote this post a few months ago in Ubud but never got round to publishing it. It, and its conclusion next week, will be the last of the “Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it” series, at least for the time being. My trip to the applied kinesiologist inspired a rage inside that surprised … Read more

At home in a village above the clouds

Last week, we told you about a special place to stay in Bali’s central highlands, a village suspended in the island’s quieter days before the tourism boom. The Village Above the Clouds is one of the most peaceful places we’ve ever stayed. As we said in our last post, it’s a place where you feel … Read more

Village above the clouds bed

Special Stays: Village Above the Clouds, Bali

As soon as I saw the Village Above the Clouds website, I knew we had to go there. I’d found it while searching for eco-hotels in Bali and it was the most charming and visually stunning one I came across. A few weeks later, I chanced across the owner at one of the many workshops … Read more

Gate on Bali road trip

Road trippin’ to peace in untouched Bali

A lot of people complain about the tourism in Bali, and it’s fair enough. The proliferation of guesthouses and villas that are quickly filling the rice fields and shorelines of the island is alarming and painful to watch – and the traffic is abominable. Ubud is one of the places that has been hit particularly … Read more