Relaxing in Ubud, Bali
After the New Years Eve celebration, I decided that I needed to relax and start catching up on my writing. I went out to the artistic haven of Ubud, Bali which is inland a few hours from the beach. It was good to get some personal time to reflect on the past year and all that has happened. I also began to outline the last few months of the journey to make sure I met as many of my goals as possible before the money ran out. I took a day long mountain bike tour of Ubud and the surrounding villages. It has an incredible landscape. Also, Bali is in the midst of local elections and the country side is covered with political flags representing the many political parties and their candidates.
As I mentioned in an earlier blog, we found a little pub called Joe's Place on our first night in town. Joe's Place is a small bar the specializes in live music. It has a laid back attitude and the staff are incredibly friendly. As you enter the bar, there is a sign that says "Leave Your Ego Outside." On any given night that we went out, we either had our first drink or last drink at this establishment. We slowly became regulars at the place and everyone knew each other by first name. Joe was a great host not only at his pub but for the island. He drove a small group of us a few hours to Ubud to see the city. After my stint in Ubud, he drove out there and picked me up. I was planning on staying in a hostel for my last few days in town but Joe refused to hear of it. I ended up staying at his place with him and his roommate. It was the only place so far on the trip that I wanted to leave the Spartan Flag. Unfortunately, I have a little bit of business left with the flag before it is sent to Joe. We are hoping to host Joe in the US sometime this summer.
Superman is Dead
The manager of Joe's Place was a guy named Ekarock. He is also in a pretty famous Bali punk band called Superman is Dead. He is a talented musician and the band can really jam. The band is having an American tour this summer. If you are reading this from the blog then you can check out their video here. Facebook friends-videos don't transfer to the facebook site. If anyone is interested in seeing them over the summer let me know!