“You don’t like it there, do you?” said my aunt on the phone one day. I can see why she thought it. My posts on Ubud have been a little heavy on the navel-gazing, which doesn’t always make for lighthearted stories. But our life here has been much more than all the “Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it” experiments. Here’s a little taste of what it’s like to be a digital nomad in Ubud. And my answer to my aunt: “How could I not?”.
We live in this house…
…next to a man who sometimes brings us fruit.
There are coconuts in the garden,
…and a family of skinks, who we like to call slinks.
We’re surrounded by rice fields,
…and there are no cars, only a tiny winding path,
…which we travel on by scooter. One day we fell in the ditch.
Steve works long days, most often in the house,
…but sometimes we go to Hubud, a co-working space in the main town. It’s the best office we’ve ever seen, like an adults’ treehouse…
…with a gorgeous view,
…and tempting raw chocolate deserts.
I spend time doing yoga – sometimes at home,
…I write, I blog, I read, and I’m studying nutrition and anatomy.
We’re experimenting with our diets, exploring Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine, and learning the art of listening to our bodies.
It’s the perfect place for it, in a town made of healthy cuisine,
…but it doesn’t mean we don’t eat pizza,
…or sneak in the occasional coffee.
Bloggers occasionally pass through and we take them to our favourite restaurants, play jungle speed,
…and share our favourite delights – like Sound Medicine with Shervin on Wednesdays, ecstatic dance on Fridays,
…and the monthly Pecha Kucha. Steve talked at it once, facing a long-held fear of public speaking. It was just like a Ted Talk and made for a very proud girlfriend.
I talked at Hubud on Blogging 101. “Don’t waffle” was my favourite slide.
On Saturdays we go to the spa (Sang Spa 2 is our favourite). We look at the menu but always choose the same – a massage, a scrub and a floral bath – an indulgence that’s always worth it.
When we go walking, we’re always surprised but what we find. Gorgeous woodland,
……rice paddies and delicious restaurants amid them.
Ubud is super touristy,
filled wih men crying taxi,
…people trying to sell you stuff,
and a frightening amount of traffic.
But there are also lots of smiles,
…beautiful expats we now call friends,
…and an incredible amount of beauty.
We’ve enjoyed calling it home.
In the coming weeks, we’ll cover some of the adventures we’ve had outside of Ubud. Bali has blown our minds.
We will also be adding a “Cost of living in Ubud” post in the near future. In the meantime, feel free to ask any questions.
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