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Temple Run in Ubud

Marie Lozano

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It’s been a while since my last blog post. I must say I admire those who can keep a day job, be a mom, a wife, and still get to update their blogs regularly. I had planned a follow up on my last post on Bali but got caught up on getting ready for another trip. I have so many great memories and some good photos from the Bali trip that I just have to share with all of you.

One of my favorite parts of the island is Ubud which is considered the cultural center of Bali. It was a mystical experience to bathe in the sacred waters of Tirta Empul and watch the purification ceremonies of scores of people who visit the temple. There is a great number of temples to visit in Ubud, and I wanted to see so many! This is why we called our day exploring in Ubud a temple run. We were literally running until our last temple visit. Aside from the beautiful architecture, we stopped to see spiritual rituals and dances in the streets on our way to the temples. All that running worked up my appetite for a big meal with a killer drink so from the many restaurant recommendations in Bali, I felt like a no-fuss meal of barbequed ribs and fries in a roadside restaurant called Naughty Nuri Warung. The ribs were so tender and juicy. I am still trying to figure out what was in that secret sauce! We went there for lunch, and even if it was too early for happy hour I had to try the famous Martini that Anthony Bourdain claims is one of the best in the world. Well, one sip and I had that big smile (caught on the photo) the whole day. I still don’t know if it was the whole eat, pray, love experience or the Martinis that gave me a feeling of bliss in Ubud… All I know is that I didn’t get enough of this incredible place!