Bookshops Bali-Style

bali bookshops

It shouldn’t have been a surprise, but I was delighted to find such a big reading culture on Bali last week. Could have known better of course, since every other expat seemed to be either a nutritionist/yogi or an (aspired) writer/journalist:). And to be honest, I can’t deny that it’s the perfect island to do a writing project. Costs of living are low and the whole island is a pretty inspiring place.

Obviously I checked out every bookshop that we came across. What made me smile was the big section of self-published books in every store on Balinese culture, food, expat-life etc, written by talented of just very enthusiastic travelers who settled down in Bali.

It’s amazing that a tiny island like Bali has two major book festivals during the year: the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival and Bali Emerging Writers Festival (which is starting next week). And Ubud even has it’s own Les Deux Magots; Cafe Luna is starting to get it’s own reputation as rendezvous of the literary and intellectual élite of Bali. Loved it!!

Pimp your Drink

ingevroren muntblaadjes

Friends, this weekend I’m off to Bali for a short break. Can’t wait to feel the sand between my toes and have a sip of some colorful drink:).

Do you want to arrange some instant-holiday-vibes for yourself? This fun and easy-peasy ‘recipe’ will pimp any drink (you can hardly call it a recipe actually:)). Get some mint-leaves from your balcony garden and put them in an ice-cube-mould with some water. Place the mould in the freezer and… look what comes out; these awesome green ice-cubes! You can do the same thing with slices of lime. Enjoy your cocktail or lemonade:)