Waking early to the sound of the cockerel in our beautiful new home, we soon began to enjoy the relaxed pace of life in Penestanan on the outskirts of Ubud in Bali. Intimate visits with our host family to local temples, traditional community street theatre and the insatiable beauty of the surrounding countryside were real highlights our time there, but amongst all of the beauty and traditions, we discovered that Bali has a dangerous cancer that’s growing from the inside out.
Welcome to biglittleplanet.com the travel blog of Mike and Silke, a married, digital nomad couple who sold everything they owned and left the UK for a life of long-term travel.
Following a twelve month ‘round the world’ trip in 2009/2010 which saw us pass through twenty three countries, take sixteen flights, countless train journeys and cover thousands of kilometres overland, we returned home to the UK only to discover that our thirst for new places, new experiences and a life on the road had not yet been quenched, and so eighteen months later we once again packed our bags and headed into the unknown. Read more
In this short blog, we offer a few simple tips on how to find a place to stay in Ubud. Bali really is a special place, full of jaw dropping scenery, energetic culture and traditions that have stood the test of time. We took some time out from our travels to live in Penestanan, a few kilometres west of central Ubud in April 2012 in a beautiful, traditional Balinese house.
For three weeks in April 2013, we lived in a wonderful detached house in Penestanan, in the suburbs around Ubud in Bali. Located down a quiet road in a local area, away from the hussle and bussle of central Ubud, we found ourselves surrounded by peace and tranquility and were able to relax from the rigours of travel, get some work done and enjoy an authentic Balinese lifestyle.
Our Mexico, Central America and Columbia Lonely Planet guidebooks have just arrived in the post – and with a clear blue sky above us for the first time in weeks here in the south of Germany, mirroring the images inside – it’s an understatement to say that we’re slightly excited about the next chapter in our journey. The Americas!!
Travelling from Ketapang in Java to the port of Gilimanuk in Bali by ferry is incredibly easy, very cheap and quick. However after travelling for two days in a minivan from Yogyakarta, and being exhausted from getting up at 4am on both of those days and trekking up two volcanos, meant we were perhaps a little too tired to realise just how simple it actually was.