A Favorite Place: Jalan Bisma – Ubud, Bali

We love Ubud; our favorite road in this Bali town is Jalan Bisma. You’ll see why.

Near the town center, Jalan Bisma includes a good mixture of rice fields, home stays, restaurants, and spas.  Our favorite place to stay there is Vera Accommodation; we like the sunny rooms, great breakfasts, very reasonable price, and wonderful family.

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Vera Accommodation, within a Bali family compound, has five rooms for rent.  We first stayed here when John was nine – and we’ve been back four more times.

http://www.agoda.com/vera-accommodation/hotel/bali-id.html

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View from our deck at Vera’s

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Our room is light and airy

From the desk in our sunny room, we look out onto rice fields.

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When we first arrived, we could watch from our windows a farmer planting rice.

The rice –which is an important staple in the Balinese diet – grows quickly.

A rice field along Jalan Bisma

A rice field along Jalan Bisma

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Ducks crossing Bisma Road to go from one rice field to another.

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Boys playing with their kites near the end of Jalan Bisma.

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The Bisma Reggae band plays here–and serves good noodles.

At night, Barry and I would often wander over to the reggae place for the music and noodles.

Although I would never let a dog get up on a table especially if I am eating,  one night a friendly dog came up for a few pats while we sat at Bisma Reggae.  The Bali dog wasn’t begging, but perhaps that is because we were eating vegetable noodles and not pork ribs 🙂 .   He proceeded to climb up, curl up at the end of our table, and nap for a bit  before trotting off down Bisma Road 🙂 .

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The friendly dog at the end of our table .  Nalu, don’t get any ideas that you can do this.  🙂

Uma Sari pool - clean, air conditioned, friendly staff (see Made), reasonable price, breakfast included -- and on Jalan Bisma

Across the street from Vera’s – the Uma Sari pool – clean, air conditioned, friendly staff (see Made), reasonable price, breakfast included — and on Jalan Bisma

Gail enjoying the Uma Sari pool

Gail, our friend from Seattle, enjoying the Uma Sari pool

Ganesha protects travelers and residents - here at Uma Sari on Jalan Bisma.

Ganesha protects travelers and residents – here at Uma Sari on Jalan Bisma.

Rice field harvest - along Jalan Bisma.

Rice field harvest – along Jalan Bisma.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Harvesters

View from our room at Vera Accommodation.

View from our room at Vera Accommodation – harvested rice fields.

Ducks are an important part of the ecology of the rice fields - along Jalan Bisma.

Ducks are an important part of the ecology of the rice fields – along Jalan Bisma.

 

Jalan Bisma ducks.

Jalan Bisma ducks.

Even the slugs along Jalan Bisma are beautiful

Even the slugs along Jalan Bisma are beautiful

Birds whirl over the rice fields near sunset

Birds whirl over the Jalan Bisma rice fields near sunset

Ubud is a center for yoga of all kinds, so of course, Jalan Bisma has a  yoga site.

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Spiritual Evolution!

At Vera Accommodation, August presents the offerings.

At Vera Accommodation, August sometimes presents the offerings

The Balinese practice their religion and traditions each day.  It isn’t for show.  Whether tourists are there or not, the Balinese make offerings to their gods each day.

 

 

 

 

 

August at the family temple.

August at the family temple.

Krishna, Ayu, Dewa, and Barry on the path from Vera Accommodation to Jalan Bisma.

Krishna, Ayu, Dewa, and Barry on the path from Vera Accommodation to Jalan Bisma.

Ayu and August at Vera Accommodation. Made's paintings are on the wall.

Ayu and August at Vera Accommodation. Made’s paintings are on the wall.

Dewa and Barry hanging out at Vera Accommodation.

Dewa and Barry hanging out at Vera Accommodation.

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Tofu Rica – my choice – at Nick’s on Jalan Bisma.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Nick's Pension on Jalan Bisma.

At Nick’s Pension on Jalan Bisma. We also use Nick’s beautiful pool

At the end of Jalan Bisma - on the main road, you'll find the chef's place: Warung Boga Sari, a favorite

At the end of Jalan Bisma – on the main road, you’ll find the chef’s place: Warung Boga Sari, a favorite

Vegetable sewers xxx with peanut sauce - yummy - at Boga Sari

Grilled vegetable and pineapple skewers with peanut sauce – yummy – at Boga Sari

 

 

The fresh salad with mango at Boga Sari

The fresh salad with mango at Boga Sari – delicious

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also loved walking over to Umah Pizza, just a five-minute walk from where we were staying.  Yes, they have a variety of pizzas – cooked in a wood fired pizza oven – and a big, fresh green salad.  We also, on occasion, had the banana, nutella, and whipped cream dessert pizza! 🙂

 

A new restaurant on the Jalan Bisma rice fields. The owner invited Barry to come play the available guitar any time. :)

A new restaurant on the Jalan Bisma rice fields. The owner invited Barry to come play the available guitar any time. 🙂

 

A new organic garden is at the end of Jalan Bisma!

A new organic garden is at the end of Jalan Bisma!

 

A few humble places still remain along Jalan Bisma

A few humble places still remain along Jalan Bisma

 

Jalan Bisma also has tourist agencies, high-end shops, and even a charity to raise money for the Sumatra chimpanzee xx

Jalan Bisma also has tourist agencies, high-end shops, and even a charity to raise money for the Sumatra orangutans

Among many other tourist enterprises on Jalan Bisma, you’ll see Honeymoon Bakery, the Honeymoon Guest House, a backpacker’s hostel, and Lily’s Spa – where you can get a 60-minute good massage for about $6.00.  And the rice fields are still there and enough wildlife to attract birders.

Bird watchers on Jalan Bisma

Bird watchers on Jalan Bisma

When you go to Ubud, be sure to check out Jalan Bisma.  You are likely to love it.

Aloha & Sanpai jumpa, Renée

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About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

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