Somewhere in Japanese Alps When I think of Japan, I probably think of two things (that are actually opposites): crazy, vibrant big cities like Tokyo; and small...
You probably known that Indonesia has over 17.000 islands. 17.000! Some are very touristic like Bali and some still have indigenous tribes like Siberut. Wakatobi islands are...
Nusa Penida is a small island, famous for it’s beautiful cliff views and bustling marine life. It’s a lot smaller than Bali and still quite undeveloped, which...
Happy Nyepi everyone! Do you know that this is the most important holiday in Bali? We didn’t! It’s actually Balinese New Year. On Nyepi day everything stops....
As I am writing this, we are sitting in our beautiful spacious loft in Samahita retreat. Mic is upstairs (yes, we have two floors!) and I’m downstairs...
Hello there, we are Katja and Mic, We Just Travel travel blog team, and we love to travel. Kind of simple 🙂 Check out our live Instagram feed on @wejusttravel. We started our big 18-month adventure in Asia in the beginning of 2014 with a month in Sri Lanka, then used lots of toilet paper in 4 months in India (1 amazing month on Andaman islands), hiked in Nepal, ate everything in Thailand and went from living in the muddy jungle of Mentawai to a cute house in Bali. We’ve…
Damn, I’ve been to Canggu about 10 years before when only one small street was backpacker friendly and there were only couple of guesthouses and two local warungs. In last years it has become a proper hipster hangout with photogenic breakfasts, machine made coffee and bright street art.
My research was done mostly by Instagram (aah, the new modern ways) and given that we only had 24h in Canngu, I wanted to get my eyes and taste buds satisfied. Btw, you can check out our Instagram account @wejusttravel and say hello!
Concrete, simple design with rustic healthy breakfasts is a such a treat for mornings’ empty tummy. The price/performance at Crate is actually very good as the breakfasts are rich with different foods and very filling (cost around 50.000IDR). The names of their dishes are very cool and funny. I just had to order savory instead of fruity (noooo, didn’t get a chance to photograph any of the smoothie bowls or chia desserts) because all the breakfasts with home made bread and eggs looked so delicious. I managed to throw in a fruit salad JUST BECAUSE it looked pretty. The coffee is also amazing and reasonably priced at 25.ooo IDR . Mic claims that this is the best long black he’s ever had.
Happy Nyepi everyone! Do you know that this is the most important holiday in Bali? We didn’t! It’s actually Balinese New Year. On Nyepi day everything stops. There is no travel (people need to stay inside the house), even airport is closed for this day! The point is that the evil spirits roam around Bali and everyone needs to stay still so they think the island is uninhabited and leave Bali alone for one more year. There can also be no fire and only low lights must be used. So the evil spirits leave us alone 😀
Even though we are enjoying Ubud very much we still want to explore other parts of Bali. It is small but in a way big island. Munduk, a small mountain village, has been on our wish list for a long time and past weekend we decided to go on a roadtrip with our motorbike!
We found a perfect place for our weekend getaway on HSH Stay which is a platform for cool and (mostly) budget guesthouses in Indonesia. I fell in love with the infinity pool at Amartya Puri Green Cottages which has water from a nearby mountain which comes and flows on naturally. Because it’s low season, we were the only one there which meant we had the pool by ourselves and we could just relax in the cool water which overlooked the rice fields. Amazing! Read More
Ubud is a real hub for people who like to eat, from traditional Balinese to real clean vegan eating, Ubud caters to all. You’ll find hundreds of restaurants just strolling in the city and the hardest thing is actually choose one. We like our restaurants cheap and delicious but from time to time we like to splurge. This is our list of 5 restaurants you need to visit in Ubud!
Maybe the most famous of them all is Sari Organik. Small warung which used only locally grown organic vegetables grew in to not only one big restaurant but two! It has Indonesian food but in a fancy way which is really hard to find. Everyone wants to play Italian, Japanese or French. Be sure to go in that restaurant which is in the middle of the rice fields to have a really amazing view. We tried this one on our previous visit to Bali and had chicken skewers with peanut sauce, red rice and veggies.
Our all time favorite! Couple of minutes from a famous (and expensive) restaurant Bali Buda, there is this hidden gem. Small homey warung (Indonesian word for restaurant) owned by Ms Made who worked for 20 years in one of the bigger restaurants in ubud (Marni’s Warung) has the most amazing food EVER. The prices are ridiculously cheap (like 25.000 IDR including rice) and the taste is spot on. She has a very high position on Tripadvisor too, so it’s not only us. We loved tomato soup (made from scratch – fresh tomatoes, garlic and spices), fish soup (with tender fish meat), tofu and tempeh curry (very gentle taste) with red rice and Mic was obsessing with marinated pork ribs. So delicious! They don’t use MSG and have a variety of vegetarian options, not to mention juices. Soursop with dragon fruit must be the color of my soul. it is divine, by taste and looks. (10.000 IDR).
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Some of you might remember that we’ve already fallen in love Ubud way back in August 2014. We stayed in a beautiful new house in the middle of the rice fields and just took some rest from all the heavy traveling. 8 months of constantly moving has its toll. So when we came into the house, it was pure bliss. Open shower, big bed and our own kitchen. Heaven!
So when we were stuck in high season in Thailand and started planning our escape to low season Bali, we searched for houses in Ubud. We found Lucas, manager of several houses here on Campuhan’s ridge (and now runs a meditation yoga studio in Barcelona), and our house we stayed at before and ta-daaaa, we’re back here! And even though this house is just near Campuhan ridge, the number 1 attraction for Ubud on Tripadvisor, we are hidden from all the tourists, behind the lush garden of the house 🙂
We’ve rented a motorbike and are doing trips around the island when we’re not working. I’ll post pictures in separate posts and I promise to post more!
Thanks for being here 🙂