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Walking in Ubud's magical rice fields

  • Janet DeNeefe

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 27 2008   /  12:07 am

When was the last time you walked in the rice fields? One of the most magical ways to enjoy Ubud, I believe, is on foot and there's something to be said for getting back to nature and walking in the fields of green that surround this fabled village. Whether you jalan-jalan (take a stroll) along the narrow streets in and around the center of town or into the picturesque bamboo jungles beyond, where the pace of life slows to a saunter, the experience is always invigorating and full of surprises. When I need to breathe mega doses of morning air and stretch my computer-aching limbs, I take a walk along the Tjampuhan ridge, on the path that straddles the East and West Woz rivers, behind our restaurant, Indus. It's like a sun salutation of the tropical kind, a chance to revel in the glory of nature with all the soft, fuzzy feelings that come with the sweet smiles rece...