I love Ubud Bali.
The Island of the Gods is one of our fave spots on earth and Kelli and I dig Ubud more than any spot on the island. Ubud offers us the perfect mix between East and West. We experience the awesome culture and beauty Bali has to offer yet we have our neat little veggie restaurants and other creature comforts too.
To us, that’s paradise.
I’m blogging from paradise to take you with me. I’m blogging from paradise to free you. I’m selling a dream. All the blogging tips on earth have little to do with actually living your dream.
You need practical tips, and proven ones at that, to make your blogging dreams come true. I get that. That’s why I write eBooks, and that’s why you can use the search bar – and related posts below – to find all the practical tips you need, to reach your blogging goals…..BUT……you’ll move into inspired action if you know why you’re acting.
Living by the Rice Fields
I am listening to roosters spreading the morning word, while hearing pigs squeal, while watching ducks waddle across the rice fields. Right now. Imagine that?
We’re living in a Balinese neighborhood. We’re surrounded by temples, nature, beauty, and we are infused with the Balinese culture. I’m blogging to be here, and here I am. The dream. The reason why.
I write posts like these to inspire you to:
- Live in Bali
- Travel the world as a digital nomad
- Become a full time travel blogger (who never needs to return home to make money again)
- To work from home full time
- To begin your transition from employee to entrepreneur
I want to take you with me to paradise.
This post gives you a real, genuine taste of what it feels like to blog from paradise.
Here’s why I love Ubud, Bali
We are surrounded by miles of rice fields. Kelli and I are awaking now to cool, crisp temperatures, deep blue skies, and endless miles of rice terraces. What a blessing. What a dream.
Ubud is a gorgeous spot. So much beauty, from the rice fields, to the jungles, to the smiling faces of the local warm Balinese. We love the people, and we love the beauty in and around Ubud.
Bali is genuinely one of the most beautiful places on earth. Ubud takes it up a few notches once you find the rice fields outside of town.
The Balinese people are warm, kind and just about the friendliest folks you’ll ever meet. Our friend Wayan has taken care of us the second we arrived here at almost 1 AM a few nights ago.
She is so accommodating, friendly and kind. We could call her at 3 AM and she would walk upstairs smiling, asking for what we need.
Wayan is like so many of the people in Bali; she’s authentically warm. She wants to help you experience Bali.
She’ll be cooking breakfast for us in about an hour. Soon she’ll take us on a private tour through the rice fields.
The Balinese will bend over backwards to make you feel at home. We’ve received large plates of delicious food brought to us from temple celebrations, and the prices we pay for motorbikes and other items, when we go through local channels, is ridiculously low.
The Balinese know how to make you feel at home, like no other people on earth. Once you’re here, you’re treated like the Most Esteemed VIP Guests.
The People (for another Reason)
You know what? I appreciate the touts. I appreciate the persistence of the Balinese who may not know you entirely well.
Case in point; 2 nights ago a luggage porter tried to grab my suitcase and walk off with it while I was pulling it. I had a firm grip; he wanted to snag it, and charge me.
If you rent a home through somebody in a Balinese neighborhood you will have a 100% different experience of the country, versus then if you fly in without planning anything. You may be at the mercy of touts who see you as money, not people, from when you arrive at the airport, and although they are almost all friendly, you’ll learn a few things:
- How to appreciate dogged persistence in folks
- How to be polite and firm with people
- How to blame yourself fully if you allow these folks to annoy you
I learned that this phrase works: “No Thank You,” said with a big smile, and saying nothing else, works perfectly. Or, since you didn’t ask for the service in virtually all cases, simply carry on without noting the request. Don’t take it personally.
I love Bali because when I’m in tourist areas – unlike our tiny Balinese village which is unlike any area where I’ve lived, authenticity-wise – I had to address any uncomfortable feelings I harbored, about being clear, polite and unruffled by folks who are persistent by nature, and who make their living by asking you every single time you walk by, whether or not you want a transport, or a massage.
Tonight I walked to a warung to pick up a candy bar. In our village/compound I saw a man taking a shower in a pigsty. Then I saw an older woman walking topless around the compound. Only in Bali kiddies, right? Well I’ve seen neat stuff all over the world but Bali is right up there as far as stuff you may not see in other spots.
In Bali we have seen:
- 4 foot long monitor lizards
- Many types of snakes
- Kingfisher birds
- Large cane toads
- Monstrously big spiders
- Tokay geckos
- Fruit bats
- Various lizards
Bali is chock full of wildlife. I’m likely forgetting more than a few critters, but we always enjoy seeing a wide range of awesome reptiles and stunning insect life. I was always a bit leery living beside the rice fields in Lotunduh because the house keeper and gardeners reminded us that the 4 venomous snakes that reside in Bali lived in the fields surrounding our villa. Yikes!
I always kept my eyes out during late night motorbike rides back home from Ubud. Even now, we’re in a little Balinese village but the rice fields are but 50 meters from our place. With the many farm animals below my window I think about pythons working their way in to snag a chicken, or to steal a piglet, for a midnight snack. Yep, my eyes are peeled.
I’ve seen more insects here than I’ve seen anywhere else on earth. From spiders which look like crabs to multi-colored, prehistoric-looking beetles, Bali has it all.
Bali is full of flavor. From the people, the wildlife, the culture, to everything about this island in the Indian Ocean, if you visit the right spots, you’ll likely have yourself an amazing experience.
Have you been to Ubud, Bali?
What do you love about Ubud?