Meeting Nick from Baliblog

Last night we met with Nick from Baliblog – a website I have been following religiously for the last 6 months or so. We went to a restaurant called “Katupat” which serves traditional Indonesian food. It was a great little place, and since it was raining we took a taxi (when it rains here, it REALLY rains). Sarah ordered a curry dish with 6 kinds of curry, and I ordered chicken in Sambal sauce – spicy and good. Nick had a chicken soup dish and a brandy since he has the flu right now.

After the restaurant, we went to a bar called “Double D” which had sport on tv, and live music. It was pretty quiet, but we managed to have a good long chat with Nick and pick his brains about how he manages to live and work out here – all very interesting. Nick is obviously a very resourceful person, and Sarah and I were both pretty impressed with his setup.

You can read his version of last night here.

Today we moved to Ubud – the artistic center of Bali. We took a 1 1/4 hour “transport” (mini-van) from our hotel and are staying in a hotel called “Arma” – the same place we stayed on our honeymoon. We got a room for $60/night including breakfast which isn’t too bad since their rooms go all the way up to $600/night! Our room is really amazing – set right next to some rice paddies, and really tranquil (pictures to follow).

After checking in, we walked the mile or so into the center of Ubud, stopping only once when it started raining (it is monsoon here, so it rains pretty much every day – and it rains VERY heavily) and finally reached our goal: “Murnies Warung” – a great little restaurant that serves an amazing fish soup/stew that Sarah goes crazy for (I had fried noodles with chicken and chillies).

Tonight we are gonna take it easy and just sit on our hotel veranda and take in the peace and quiet (plus we are still a little sore from too many drinks yesterday – we had quite a few by the pool before we went out for dinner with Nick). Tomorrow we are going to the Bali Reptile Park – which is about 20 mins from Ubud, and then we are going to watch a traditional Fire Dance in the evening.

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