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Ubud - don't follow Citi and Starbucks

Shadows on UbudThe writers are moving home, time for conclusions. One voice which captures the feeling of most visitors to Ubud delivers a serious warning to further shadowing Ubud's image:

The image of Bali is that of terraced rice-paddies, great food, a hippy and arty element in Ubud and swimming and surfing on Bali's many beaches. In other words, a kind of laid-back lotus-land.All to sadly in a place like Ubud, the 21 century has arrived with a bang. Clogged roads and bumper-to-bumper traffic, bus-loads of day-visitors tramping the streets and now even a Starbucks cafe in the main street. Of course all the usual US influences such as KFC and McDonalds have been evident for years in places like Kuta or Denpasar. The innocence which was Bali, especially in Ubud, is evaporating. The local people are as charming, gentle and smiling as ever. The prospects of things becoming 'better' are not evident. With the release of the movie Eat, Sleep, Pray, starring Julie Roberts, there are already signs of tourists, principally American women, headed for Ubud in droves, to try and 'capture' whatever the Julia Roberts character did in Ubud.


All rather sad.........

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4 Comments:

Felix said...

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Jeremy said...

Bali has myriad festivals, rituals, and events. Balinese culture has great meaning behind all its festivals. Some festivals in Bali are dedicated to certain gods, including those who symbolize knowledge, virtue, or birth.

genedi said...

The movie is called : "Eat, pray, love" (no sleeping involved) and I would be surprised for anyone to be inspired by it to come to Bali, the movie was terrible ! But I agree with you, I've only been coming to Bali for 5 years now and I shudder every year when I see all the changes, the new constructions (getting bigger and bigger), the traffic (getting worse and worse), the prices (going up and up). For the timebeing, the people are still as friendly as ever but for how long ? Once every meter of land will have been taken over by big hotel chains, once Bali will have to import it's rice from China (just heard another story of a farmer who sold all of his land for a sum of money he could never dream to make in a lifetime of selling his rice), once you will see busloads of Japanese, Americans and Russians who will never experience anything else of Bali then the "All inclusive" hotel they are staying at, once all the fresh water supply will be used up by golf courses and huge swimming pools, the land pollluted by the tons of rubbish they produce, how welcoming will the balinese people then be, I wonder ! Soon, everything that make Bali so special will be gone. Another paradise lost.