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News from Monkey forest Road. # One.

Seven days in Ubud, Bali.

It’s been a couple of troubled weeks in paradise. I’m still digesting a lot of impressions, not all of them good. I came to Bali to find my own little cloud in heaven on earth, but like Mick Jagger (still) likes to sing: “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime you might find you get what you need.” I guess I got what I needed: a slice of reality… and it hurt – it literally did.

Only two days after my birthday, a surfboard hit me on the head and I spend my birthday money on a horrible visit in the Emergency Room and five painful stiches without narcosis. It was a dreadful day for me, I had never been to hospital before and never did I picture my first visit getting there on the back of a scooter, driving the chaotic streets of Indonesia; no helmet, but a bleeding wound on my head.

But if this sounds like a Western standard nightmare to you, let me tell you this: In the last weeks I’ve heard stories that are ten times worse.

So, to recover from my surf’n’turf, I left the coast in fibres of rain this morning and headed up to the Monkey Forest in Ubud. Some say it’s a place to find yourself, others say it’s “hippie-town”, and still others say it’s not what it used to be.

But honestly? I. Don’t. Care.

I am not planning on doing any Yoga or pulling an Elisabeth Gilbert, hiring a bike and cycling through rice paddies. I’m not planning on batik dyeing my clothes or meditating to make my organs smile. The only organ that deserves a big, fat smile, however, is my tummy.

And I found the perfect place to make it happy: The Art Kafe Bar on Monkey Forest Road – a charming little coffee place that looks just like it’s cut out of my Berlin neighbourhood (minus the Macbooks…).

I know I should go explore, mingle with the locals, have yet another adventure. But screw that. I just can’t be asked. Instead, I will sit here on these comfy couches every day for the next seven days and try as many different treats from the menu as I possibly can whilst reading a book, surfing the internet or listening to music. Today I had a Club Sandwich, an Apple-Ginger-Carrot-Juice and an Iced Latté.

And it tasted just like home.



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Gesa Neitzel

Hallo! Schön, dass du da bist. Ich bin Gesa aus Berlin und mir gehört der Laden. Hier erzähle ich von meinen Reisen um die Welt und immer auch ein Stück mehr zu mir selbst.

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