The air is hot and wet here – hotter and more humid than any other place we’ve been so far. After so many months of travelling in hot countries you would think we would be used to it by now. And yet, I am afraid to leave our air-conditioned room.
Our home for the next couple of weeks is a stunning oasis tucked behind a high wall and surrounded by lush greenery. An inviting pool is surrounded on three sides by two guest houses and the main house. The outdoor kitchens, living areas, and bathrooms are a clear indication that the weather is friendly all year round. We are only a short walk to the beach, but we spend much of our time relaxing in our own private paradise.
We make several day trips to Ubud – once a tiny village surrounded by rice fields when Astrid and I visited 15 years ago, now a congested but still alluring tourist hub with brief glimpses of jungle and rice fields. We take batik and wood carving workshops, visit the monkey forest/temple, and watch the famous Ketchak dance.
We bike along the shoreline in Sanur.
We wear sarongs and wander through the clifftop temple of Uluwatu.
We wear wetsuits and become certified SCUBA divers – Astrid and I finally catching up with Sebastien who got certified in the Philippines.