My friend was booked in for the Casa Luna cooking course today. I decided to skip it because I did a cooking course at Kalibukbuk the last time I was in Bali. But the hotel driver was taking her to Honeymoon Cottages in Jalan Bisma, so I decided to hitch a ride. I had been to Jalan Bisma in 2006 on the recommendation of another driver who was an artist. He said if you want to see beautiful scenery without leaving Ubud, take an early morning walk to Jalan Bisma.
I had done that, back in 2006, and got some great photos, so I wanted to go back to see what time had done to the view. I knew that a luxury hotel or two had been built down the bottom of Jalan Bisma, so I was expecting change. In fact the area I had walked to was still recognisable from this 2006 photo, still with some ricefields, but with far more buildings. I would have liked to walk further, but it was so hot in the full sun, even though only 9 a.m., so I decided to turn back. No drivers about, to get a lift back.
By the time I got to Jalan Raya, I was parched. I walked by the Lotus Cafe, which was dark and empty. I stopped to make a note about the dancing they have some evenings, and I was invited in. Yes, they were open. So, all alone in Lotus a cafe, I got a front row seat and sketched the Pura Ubud. It took me an hour and two lemon juices to cool down.
A little more gift shopping at Ubud Market and a look in some of the shops in the Monkey Forest Road, and to Cinta Grill for lunch. Well, first another lemon juice, lunch, then a Ginger fizz. I am mostly buying clothing for my friends. Very little for myself. I have everything I want from Bali. Not much has changed in what to buy in the past eighteen months. Though I did buy some essential oils for myself.
A quiet afternoon, as my friend seemed to be feeling less and less well. Back to Cinta for dinner as my friend only wanted something small and I could recommend the Hawaiian Crab Cakes. She also managed to share a large Bintang beer. Probably helped with the pain of her tooth. I had Tenggiri Fish Steak. I do like Cinta Grill.