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    Tropical Storm Tour: Bali Part 3

    Thursday, August 27, 2015
    Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

    A family compound gate on Jalon Raya Ubud in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
    A family compound gate on Jalon Raya Ubud in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

    Once again, I rested up all morning and afternoon, catching up on writing and Photoshopping photos for this travel journal. In the late afternoon when I ventured outside to eat a few times, I was taken aback by how many new glitzy shops, restaurants and hotels have opened in Ubud since my last visit here three years ago in 2012. There were a heck of a lot of them back then, but now it looks like every inch of every street (in between the gates of temples and family compounds) is completely bricked in with small to medium-sized fancy pants businesses. We’re talking complete gentrification, folks. Every street and back lane in Ubud now looks like Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. It’s pretty crazy. I wonder how much more of this kind of rampant development the environment of the small island of Bali can support?

    Words and photos ©2015 Arcane Candy.

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