A shot of Balinese culture
Ubud Travel Blog› entry 12 of 47 › view all entries
After getting unstuck from Gili Trawangan I decided I really needed some quiet times sniffing up Balinese culture. And Ubud in the center of Bali is the place where people come to do just that. Instead of Billabong shorts I now see a lot of people with white hair walking the streets here :-). There's tons of artists who chose this area as their home and it's been a long time I've seen so many museums crammed into one place.
After getting a motorbike First off I decided to check out the 'Blanco Renaissance Museum', an artist also known as the Dali of Bali who specialised in naked Balinese women, and I'm not talking the decently semi-nude kind. Actually the whole visit is geared towards beeing a completely hedonistic experience, starting with the welcome flower you get at the entrance and wear stuck behind your ear, the personal attention to guide you to the museum itself, tons of full frontal nudity in the paintings, some iced coffee on your way out, it's well put together.
Next up was 'Museum Puri Lukisan', with some of the oldest Balinese art alongside paintings inspired by these. Unfortunately part of the museum was closed and some of the artwork was in dire need of restoration. Lots of 'naieve' art about Balinese daily life here. And to close off the morning I checked out 'ARMA', with a huge variety of modern paintings.
The nightlife here consists mainly of traditional dance or music performances, and anytime of the day you pass by the center you'll probably see one Gamellan orchestra or another practicing.
The Balinese way for female dancers to dance with all 'limbs detached from one another' is something that becomes a thing of beauty within a few seconds.
Last of all I saw a Wayang play, a shadow play with puppets which was more entertaining than I had expected, although I'm not quite sure what Monica Lewinsky, hassles with taxi drivers and 'secret weapons from the USA' are supposed to do in a Ramayana tale...