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Since grum coerced me to travel to Bali a few years back, I have travelled there 4 times and have taken various people along with me for the adventure. This time I took my Mum with me, as a belated 30th birthday girly celebration week. What I like about travelling to the same place but with different people, is that you tend to do and see different things while you are there. So the focus for this trip was yoga, healthy eating, a lot of sightseeing on foot and of course, a bunch of massages.
One of the things that I finally did on this trip was to take a walk through the Ubud Markets which is just opposite the Ubud Palace at the corner of Jl Monkey Forest and Jl Raya Ubud (or as I like to call it, Starbucks Road, as I was surprised to find that Ubud actually has a Starbucks. Thankfully though there is no McDonalds. Yet). Since I am not really a fan of souvenirs, I gravitated towards the food. Typical.
My mum was both fascinated and overwhelmed by the markets, with their fly covered baskets of fish and dark corridors filled with people selling saffron and vanilla. She looked at me for reassurance when buying a bottle of water for Rp 5000 (0.50 AUD) because she hadn’t quite committed the exchange rate to memory yet and was concerned that she would be paying far too much. She laughed when I nodded and let her know exactly how much that was, but having said that by the end of the trip she would scoff if she had to pay more than Rp 2000 (0.20 AUD) a bottle.
After we left the markets I was told that we actually entirely missed the new part of the markets that is next door, but I enjoyed the bits that I did see, and would definitely recommend putting aside a couple of hours if you are in Ubud to explore the whole area and see what treasures you can find.
Have you been to Ubud markets before? What was your favourite part?
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