Today we rented a car with a few people and started a trip to Ubud at 10:30. With the five of us we had a funny, relatively young driver, who was maybe 5 years older than we are. This made our 1 1/2 h drive to Ubud really relaxing and funny. He tried to teach us Indonesian on the way as well as he tried to eyplain the Balinese music to us.
Our first stop in Ubud was at the Monkey Forest. And what is there to see? Of course, monkeys! They were everywhere. The first meters through the forest, the monkeyy were definitely interesting. Everyone wanted to have pictures with the monkeys on their shoulder. But after a while the forest itself became more interesting than the monkeys. It was just like a Jungle in the centre of Ubud. the heart of this jungle was a river with a little waterfall. After everyone took pictures and fed the monkeys, our driver Ketut took us to the rice terrace of Ubud.
I have seen a few rice field around Kerobokan and Seminyak but those huge rice fields in Ubud are just amazing. I don’t know how many different types of green there are in the world, but you can find all of those there in Ubud. We decided to have dinner in a cafe at the rice terrace and just enjoyed the view.
Our last stop for the day was at a holy spring. In this holy spring , we all had to wear warungs and had to go into three big “pools” with seven fountains in every pool. First of all,we had to put water on our head three times, drink the water three times and after that put our head under the water and pray for whatever we wanted to pray for. This had to be done at every fountain. The whole reason for this was to get your good and bad inside your body into balance. I am not sure , if I felt more in balance afterwards, but I definitely felt tired and cold.
After drying ourselves we drove back home. It was a long but awesome day!