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Ubud - Shopping

No matter what the weather, we could always count on there being tons of shopping to do in and around Ubud. Breck was our spiritual master in this endeavor, always taking care of us in the pouring rain, trying on all the latest fashions, and keeping his eyes open for the weenie openers.

The colorful clothes were in high demand by locals as well as tourists, and the tarp-covered winding corridors provided some measure of respite from the heat.

Old women selling flowers, while just down the way, a large group of women converged on the city's main deity statues, offering up the morning puja.

At the main downtown market, everything was for sale - from veggies to t-shirts. Prices were better than in the shops, so when we needed a few things, this is where we tended to spend our money.

We ended up buying a few small pieces of art from a stall that was not in the main market - very similar to things available locally in Mumbai.

These were some well taken care of idols!!
Our other main shopping expedition took us out of town a bit in search of wooden items. We rented scooters for the day and headed out into the countryside. Zipping along the narrow roads, we saw rural life at its best - including colorful roosters for sale, kept in big baskets at a roadside stall.

We made our way to Tegallalang village, which provides much of the wood carving pieces for Ubud. By the time the rain stopped and we made our way back to the city, we had a Buddha, two carved chairs, two wine holder hands, a sea turtle wall hanging, and a number of small pieces: quite fun to balance on two scooters along slick roads!
And we even made it back in time to catch an evening performance!

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