A pink smudge begins to push back the grey light of pre-dawn, and heralds the rising of that great giver of life, the sun. Like clockwork, a chorus of roosters begin their morning crescendo of cock-a-doodle-doo’s, my new alarm, and a sign that it is time to get up.
In my opinion chickens could be seen to represent the overriding theme of life here in Ubud. A grounded, earthy feeling seems to infiltrate daily activities, as humans and animals alike, go about their business searching for food and shelter. Yet, every so often, a rooster will lift his head and call to the heavens above, crying out to something larger than life itself. In much the same manner, the local people will regularly take 5 minutes out of their days to light some incense, and make an offering to the sacred spirits at one of the many shrines that adorn each and every single house in Ubud.
Today is my first day off since I started as a student on Shades of Yoga’s RYT 200hr Teacher Training course offered here in Ubud, Bali. It’s been a long week, filled with both physical and mental exertion, and I’m incredibly happy with how much I have learnt thus far. However, I have been so focused on my course work that I haven’t spent much time absorbing the culture of this beautiful city, and have decided that today I am dedicating to exploration. I considered renting a scooter for the day, but in all honesty traffic here is crazy, and I don’t trust my own ability to safely navigate my way through the streets of Ubud without doing myself some kind of harm. The last thing I want is to jeopardize the rest of my teacher training course due to injury. I figured renting a bicycle would be a great way to see Ubud, as well as go off the beaten tourist track. It would be great cross-training as well.