In Sanur, I spend my days at Bali Buda, but once I arrive in Ubud, that’s where the real feast begins. Gourmand as I am, I literally move in at Alchemy, Soma and Sari Organik. Nuts balls, vegan cheesecake, bio burgers and fries, tofu satay… wheatgrass shots and Kombucha on a terrace in the rice fields.
There is something about Ubud. That vibe of sharing a table with strangers who do not small talk about the weather, studies or passions. No, sir, they don’t. At Soma, Victor, an artist from London “whose family situation allows” for him to travel and live the life of a bourgeois, puts across the concept of the shadow. Have you ever looked into a mirror and felt that you can see that part of the self you really disapprove of and wouldn’t for anything in the world accept as a part of yourself? That’s the shadow! Many people in Ubud are on this self-improvement, curious about the self, questioning existence and the purpose of life track.
Apnesita, a raw vegan cafe in Amed is my second favourite vegan place after the ones in Ubud. I like Nicki. He gives blessings for his food and meditates before and after eating. He’s the yoga instructor who’s trying to persuade me into going 30 m underwater on a single breath! Next frontier to be conquered is freediving. But not this time. Here you can hear more from Matt, the freediving instructor. And if you’re in for a Ayurvedic treat, make sure to take a tour at Aiona’s Garden of Health. All I can say is that you’re in for many surprises.