This morning was peaceful start. I caught up on messages, and also spoke with some of my soon-to-be yoga teacher training peeps for ideas on on places to visit outside of Ubud. Maybe will think to organize a driver for a trip next week… Another very real option is to have a look at the nearby spa’s. There are so many Theraputic, Reiki, Ayurvedic options around, I’d feel like a kid in a candy store tying to pick just one. These days spent chilling and relaxing are just lovely. And in a few days, my course starts… so excited 🙂
I carried on walking through the town, and found myself in a the Ubud Art Market. It’s a crowded and busy hotbed of trinkets, local goods, and the to-ing and fro-ing of tourists bartering with merchants. You have to admire the stall owners who turn bartering into this joyful game, making people laugh while they also happily draw upon their own knowledge/stereotypes of tourists from particular countries.
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I was often asked to buy from them to give them good luck. Initially, this had me feel even more guilt if I didn’t buy their things. I crossed my mind that it could be another stealth tactic for the soft hearted buyers (Me. Very much me.) …but looking at it from another view; I can say it’s understandable that their acts of selling, creating momentary connections with people, the exchange between two cultures also earning them + their families money (they want you to barter) it is all interconnected for them, and each part important to their way of living. So as a seller, having a balance (including luck or not) is sacred. It doesn’t hurt to be mindful toward that when trying to get the lowest price possible for things they work for.
After a little shopping, I finished for dinner at the Atman Café. Being here felt like a little oasis of calm, good vibes and amazing food. I had a coconut to drink – if this isn’t a perfect example of nature providing, I don’t know what is. Cold, sweet, and is also a starter when you include the silky coconut inside!
Walking home I was greeted buy some school children who asked if I could help them with learning English. Of course I could! The questions they asked were mainly about my experience in Bali and what it’s like compared to where I am from. I was interested in why they weren’t out playing or something on a Saturday night, but remembered I was in Indonesia. Talking English with their friends to new people might be funny for them. Also, it may have been homework. Either way, here are their sweet faces.
Happily loving these restful days. x