I've visited Ubud before, a region of Bali located in the central area of the island. Nestled in amongst countless rice paddies and a rather beautiful and sacred monkey forest, it's one of the most naturally beautiful parts of the island to visit and experience. Once you start to see the unending fields of rice paddies, a feeling of peace of awe manages to overcome you. The sound of the scooters and the traffic fades away, and all you can hear are the birds and the sounds of the wind blowing through the fields.
There's something very calming about spending time in Bali. It's a part of the world rich in culture, beautiful landscape, and friendly people. Visiting here recently coming from a big city like Seattle offers many ways to unplug from city life. The sunsets here are one of those ways. Standing on the beach watching the day end, made me realise how lucky those of us are who get to visit places like Bali as a tourist, to relax and enjoy the time away from everyday life.