My City: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
My name: Nina Huse
UBUD: I have been to so many wonderful countries, cities and places, searching for culture, adventure, nature and beauty in every place. In my latest visit to Asia I traveled solo as a backpacker and Ubud has everything I want and even more, I cannot wait to go back again and explore Ubud and its surroundings.
Ubud is Bali´s urban heart, a traditional town located in the cool mountains and one of those places where days can become weeks and weeks become months.
Where do you live? I own an apartment in Oslo, Norway I rent out so I can carry on traveling the world.
Why I love Ubud
First of all I love the hindu culture. The streets of Ubud in Bali is decorated with beautiful and large ornaments. Outside shops and houses they put out small offerings to the Gods containing a piece of food, flowers and scented sticks that makes the streets of Ubud so cute and with a nice smell as well. Doorways have unique architecture with straight stone or concrete walls on each side and is carved or decorated beautifully. Locals are so nice and welcoming and the atmosphere is so relaxed. Many travel here to do yoga and meditate and to feel a sense of zen.
Best of Ubud: Ubud is located almost in the centre of Bali making it an excellent origin to what the Island has to offer. Such as amazing rice terraces, you can visit stunning waterfalls and climb volcanoes. And eat vegetarian, vegan, local and western foods. Here are countless temples, a monkey forrest that can not be missed and a countryside to explore on bike or scooter.
My favorite memory
Getting up in the middle of the night to climb Batour volcano. With head torches and good shoes the way up is steep and challenging. You can barely see the path and you need some support from a guide along the way. Getting to the top and watch the sunrise from above the clouds, I will never forget.
My favorite place to eat: I honestly don´t know since I have only been there for a few weeks and I can`t remember the name of the places I ate, but trip advisor is a guide I have been using a lot when I travel so much.
What do you eat there? Indonesia has one of the most vibrant and colorful cuisine and over 300 ethnic groups. Foreign influence makes the most interesting cuisine. In Ubud, vegetarian and vegan food is most popular and it taste amazing.
Typical local food? Nasi Goreng, Soto and satay is very common and highly recommended by the locals.
Monkey Forest for a date
Best place for a date? I have to say Monkey Forest! It is so beautiful and large and there are hundreds of monkeys that are so cute. It feels like you are in a rainforest with rivers and huge trees.
My favorite shop: I really loved going to the market place. There are so many small and cute stores that offers great yoga clothing and comfy items. I loved the arts and crafts at the market and I am so sad that as a backpacker I can`t really buy anything. When I buy something new, then I had to give something away.
My best advise: Make sure you have enough time to explore all the things you like here. Og this reason, I stayed much longer than planned.
Transportation: In Ubud so many rent scooters to get around. Bikes are also an option but the traffic and distanses makes it hard to get around. The local taxis are cheap and they sit on every corner. Avoid them in rush hour cause it is a totall stand still.
Why I travel: The feeling of having a one way ticket is out of this world, and to wake up every day to explore new places, another city and going on adventures is the best feeling ever.
Where next? I have a one-way ticket from Norway to Mexico, and I am going to backpack solo for eight months in Central & South America.
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