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Entrance

I make it to Ubud in one piece! 

I decided to come to Ubud to learn to mediate and commit myself to yoga.  I heard about this amazing yoga studio called the Yoga Barn (www.balispirit.com) from two Canadians while I was travelling through Malaysia.  This place is my first destination.  Backpack in tow, I trudge down a serene peaceful path, surrounded by rice paddy fields to the yoga studio.  I love this place immediately.  There are ponds filled with goldfish, open air spiral staircases leading up to an open air studio overlooking the rice fields.  A helpful and peaceful woman mans the reception desk.  Yogis in all forms come and go talking about their latest class and what they’re doing next.

Pathway leading to the Yoga Barn
   I inquire about their services and take a schedule, they offer classes everyday, all day in various styles of yoga.  I will book something tomorrow.

I then find a place to stay.  I ask people on the streets where they’re staying and eventually get lead to an amazing homestay.  I love my room as soon as I see it.  Its so me!  I am meant to stay here.  It is like I was meant to be here. Besides my room in Semporna at the dive shop, this is my favourite place.  It feels right.  Again with the Goldilocks reference.  It is not flashy.  No Air Con, a simple fan, no reception, the owner speaks limited English etc.

Street entrance to my homestay
  It is perfect.  Oh and it also costs me less than $14 per night!!  I love this place!

When I settle into my new room its getting dark and I can’t really see my surroundings.  I decide to leave right away so I can get dinner.  I am so hungry!  I take a long walk down along Monkey Forest Road where it is literally pitch black!  A little scary but whatever, just walk faster I say!  Once I’m back into the main part of town a young local guy comes over to talk to me.  He wants to practice his English and so we decide to go to dinner together, he drives me on his scooter and we head to Café Lotus, a well reviewed café near a temple where they do lots of traditional dance performances.  We have a lovely evening.

My beautiful porch and front door
  We share words in our own language and generally try to get to know a bit about each other.  It’s a broken, challenging conversation but it was fun.  He didn’t eat anything or want anything from me.  Just company and the chance to talk.  How cute!

When I get back home I can't help but feel the need to pray.  It was a consuming feeling and so I knelt down infront of my doorway and prayed.  It was a simple prayer of thanks for everything that has happened to me so far and for bringing me to a place where I felt so peaceful and hopeful.  I asked the world to take me in the right direction.  When I awoke the following morning and looked around I realized that my room is right beside the family temple.  Offerrings of rice, flowers, fruit have been layed out and incense is burning.  No wonder I felt the need to pray!

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Entrance
Entrance
Pathway leading to the Yoga Barn
Pathway leading to the Yoga Barn
Street entrance to my homestay
Street entrance to my homestay
My beautiful porch and front door
My beautiful porch and front door
View from the back of the yoga barn
View from the back of the yoga barn
The Yoga Barn
The Yoga Barn
Pools of goldfish at reception
Pools of goldfish at reception
Main entrance to the Yoga Barn
Main entrance to the Yoga Barn
Upstairs open air studio
Upstairs open air studio
My amazing room!
My amazing room!
Ditto
Ditto
My front yard
My front yard
Ubud
photo by: eddie8498