Ubud is a bustling town. Bygones are the times of donkey carts and topless women carrying baskets. Today, scooters and motorbikes rule. And cars. And us tourists. Ubud may be a shock for a day tripper, but the trick is to find the escapes in the back yards and side streets. For those who write or read, favorite cafés are escapes into tranquility. Like Café Wayan on Monkey Forest road, serving traditional Indonesian fare in a seemingly endless maze of a garden.
Or like Clear Café, the place that burned down on Jalan Hanoman and has found a temporary escape by the bridge to Penestanan village. Up at Clear it is cool and tranquil. And the frosted drinks and smoothies and juices make anybody’s day much better. Clear is a favorite of yogis and writers and readers.
In the hot mid-afternoon, it is highly likely that I end up at Atman Café on Hanoman. The highlight of any day is to settle down on a bunch of pillows, drinking ayurvedic teas, and reading a good book or writing a blog post. This is low profile living, seeking for contentment and letting go of the desire for more – if just for a moment. (Photos from Wayan’s and Clear; Ubud, Bali, Indonesia; August 2016)