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Relaxing day in Ubud

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That morning the smell of incense woke me up again. On the agenda there was only one word: holidays. There was no plan for the day, just rest, walk and little else. We got up and had some banana and cane sugar crepes that were delicious.

After breakfast, we collected things and changed rooms, since the room where we were staying was reserved for that day and they proposed that we stay the last night in the apartment they had in the hotel and it cost $ 50 a night. The apartment was huge, bigger than my apartment in Barcelona and, for the first time in the whole trip, we had air conditioning and television. On TV, the program focused a lot on raising funds for those affected by the eruption of the Merapí and the tsunami in Sumatra just those days.

With calm, we went for a walk in the city center. Ubud it's like a kind of microcosm, four streets with shops the sea of ​​pijas and veneers with clothes, souvenirs and fancy Asian restaurants. In any case, the town market continues to maintain a somewhat strange aura of authenticity. It is divided into two parts, one in which they sell all kinds of souvenirs and the other one where they sell food and where people from there go shopping every day.

In the center there are several coffee shops where you can sit quietly and read a book without any hurry, and in one of them we go in for a drink and take a little shelter from the heat, which began to be unbearable. In the middle of the morning we return to the hotel to take a bath and refresh ourselves a little. I have already told you that that day was our holiday day and to finish it we did a massage in the center of the hotel. In Ubud there are hundreds of massage centers, there are very expensive and very cheap. In the center there are cheap ones, but they are made on stretchers separated by curtains and with little charm and privacy. We did it at the hotel because they had a room to do massages as a couple that had a bathroom where you could wash at the end. This time we decided to do a relaxing massage of 90 minutes and, despite being relaxing, I left there again full of bruises because of the pressure they were doing

After the massages, we went to eat at a warung It looked very good, but then we were a little disappointed. We ordered a hamburger with potatoes, really because I was already a little tired of eating chicken meat and rice. The hamburger itself was very good, but it turned out to have a side dish of potatoes a bit sparse for the price

Anyway, after lunch we walked to the royal palace to see the dance show there legong. Traditional shows are held at 7:30 p.m. in the Ubud Palace every night. The show varies every day and they say they are one of the best in the city. If the weather is good, they are done outdoors at the entrance of the palace, but if it rains, just in front there is a covered stage.

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