Market life in Ubud, Bali

If the kitchen is the heart of the house, then perhaps the market is the heart of the town or community.

I love walking through fresh markets and supermarkets – looking at local ingredients and supplies. Find out what gets shipped across continents and become a necessity in a foreign land. Mostly finding out what is locally available and locally made.

When in Ubud, make sure to visit the main market. It is at the South-East corner of Jalan Raya Ubud and Jalan Wenara Wana, with the Ubud Palace across the street. It is very busy in the morning with a mixture of regular store owners and mobile hawkers. All happy to help with a smile.

Aerial view of outdoor Ubud market, Bali, Indonesia

Aerial view of outdoor Ubud market, Bali, Indonesia

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold (Nepal)

Kathmandu Diwali 2011 - Rangoli path

Kathmandu Diwali 2011 – Rangoli path

On the Eve of the Diwali festival – Hindus decorate their doorways and pathways to guide Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth into their home.

Diwali or the Festival of Light is a very important Hindu celebration as it marks the end of their calendar year. It is recognized as a national holiday in India and Nepal and the celebration typically lasts 5 days. Continue reading

Day trip to Jogjakarta, Indonesia : Part 1 Morning!

Hazy morning view of Mount Kelud from airplane window

Hazy morning view of Mount Kelud from airplane window

During my extended stay in Bali, Indonesia, I met Agung, a Reiki healer through a Swedish friend I had met while traveling in Bangkok, Thailand. From my chat with Agung, he mentioned that the world’s largest Buddhist temple is right here in Indonesia – in Central Java, named Borobudur. When I got back to my homestay, I did a bit of research and knew I had to get there before leaving the country!

The search was on!! I spoke to local travel agents and online tour companies. However, they all required a minimum of 2 travelers, offered a fixed itinerary and the cost was outside of my comfort zone. The draw to Borobudur was intensifying yet I did not have a method and I was set to leave Indonesia in a matter of days. I started looking for flights online and how plausible was it for me to “Do it on my own!” Continue reading