If you’ve ever seen the movie Eat, Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts you might be familiar with the village of Ubud, Bali.

Funnily enough, my wife and I hadn’t actually seen the movie before arriving. We first watched the movie on our second trip here.

We took one of our housemates at the time on a meandering drive through backroad rice terraces and to several exotic temples. At one of our rest stops she mentioned that the village looked exactly like the movie. She was shocked to hear that we had never seen it.

She was so passionate about it that it piqued our curiosity.

We found it available to watch online so we fired it up and sat back to watch it on the display of my tiny laptop.

If you’re not familiar with the premise, I’ll explain it briefly. A middle aged profession driven woman has the rug pulled out from under her feet after her divorce. She decides to go traveling around the world in the hopes of discovering something about herself along the way.

The book is divided into three parts:

  • Eat: The main character eats her way through Italy and gains a few pounds along the way
  • Pray: She continues onto India where she undergoes some spiritual discovery in an Ashram
  • Love: Finally she discovers love in Ubud, Bali while riding a bicycle through lush landscapes and hippie beach parties

Personally I thought the movie was mediocre, however the Ubud, Bali section was incredibly well shot.

If you’re interested in watching a Hollywood portrayal of Ubud to get a sense of the village then I don’t think you would miss much by just skipping over the “Eat” and “Pray” sections to save yourself an hour and half.

This somehow brings me to the apartment that we’re staying at.

I shot this video to give you an idea of the type of place that you can get in this beautiful town.

Watch the video if you’re interested in what an apartment looks like in this wonderful village. If you’re curious about Bali and on the fence I highly recommend Ubud. We are now on our third trip to Bali because we are absolutely enamored with the island and it’s culture.

If the video isn’t playing for you, you can watch it directly on YouTube by clicking here.

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