we awoke at 5:45am on our 5th day in Bali to walk to the Ubud Market. we were worn out from the day before when we had celebrated my 30th birthday among 11th century temples, millions of stairs, and 99% humidity. for my birthday dinner, i had a belgian waffle drizzled in dark chocolate.. a banana slice placed in each square. it is an adorable little place in Ubud on Hanoman Street called Lola Chocolate. the tiny interior is painted a bright sunny yellow and there is nothing more than a counter and a fridge. simplicity at its finest. besides delightful chocolate things, she also serves "pasta in a cup." like i said.. adorable! [sorry for the tangent.. i am often distracted by chocolate :) ] . . .
so, on the morning of Friday, May 13, we woke early as it was our last day in Ubud before heading to East Bali. we were told to visit the traditional market which takes place every day between 3am-7am.. and i couldn't miss it! local Balinese people visit the markets every morning to shop for that day's fresh foods and goods. everything from food to feed their families to goods they will sell in their restaurants and shops. can you imagine shopping fresh every day?
i was completely immersed and fascinated as i observed this daily ritual. as i became lost with my camera, i often worried that i was in the way. the market is very crowded and busy; and here i am, standing in people's way?! apologizing left and right, the response i received was always the same and with a smile: "no worries" and "sama sama" (meaning "it's alright.") this experience was just a sample of our entire time in Bali, in which i never once observed a Balinese person seem frustrated, annoyed, rushed, judgemental, or anything less than content and completely kind-hearted.
it seems so simple, they just 'do.' we have a lot to learn.
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