My map is a bit garish, but Bali is a colourful place. This map is just a small section of the Monkey Forest Road in Ubud, below the football field, for anyone who knows it. The paving is pink. I remember when it was unpaved with watercourses gouged out if it after the wet season. The first time I saw the sparkling new pink pavements I nearly cried. It was the first time Broni went to Bali with me, about 19 years ago. It looked like a town, instead of a village.
We always walked on the road, because the footpaths were too dangerous. The pink pavements only stayed pristine for about a year and then we were back walking on the road. Too much traffic now! That is why the road has ‘hati-hati’ written on it. It means ‘danger’.
This is ‘my’area of Ubud. Over on the top left is Ubud Village Hotel, where I have stayed since it first opened in 1986, but it was closed for renovations this year. There is a river gorge behind the buildings on the left side, and my ashes will be going in that river.
This year we stayed at Sri Bungalows on the right side. The ricefields used to come right up to the Monkey Forest Road in the early days, but not for many years now. Still, one row of shops, and there they still are. Many of the restaurants on that side have a beautiful rice field view, as did our bungalow. I explained previously about kaja and kelod, so I have a ‘kaja-indicator’ instead of a compass rose.
This is the heliconia garden (its a long panorama – click on it). There were no heliconias at our hotel in Kalibukbuk, and it was a wish that we would have a few at Sri Bungalows. There was this whole garden and we walked through it to our bungalow on the ricefields. The ‘prisoner shop’ doesn’t sell prisoners. It is a silver jewellery shop where they sell unusual pieces with traditional themes, but modern styles. They train the prisoners in silver-smithing. I bought a number of pieces there.
The border is the same style of border that is used on Kalendar Bali. Kalendar Bali is a whole story, all of its own. They are in every hotel, shop and office. Here is what they look like. So this is my map….still restricted by the size of the sketchbook. But it is relevant to me and this holiday.