This is a collection of wonderfully written short stories about life for expats in Ubud. Cat Wheeler writes with humour and grace about the most mundane aspects of setting up a house and accepting the relaxed pace of life among the kampongs of semi-rural Bali. It is her writing style, though, and complete command of the English language that sets this book apart from so many others like it. Over time, she involves herself more and more deeply into the culture that she has accepted as her own, with occasional trips back to her birthplace bringing on the real culture shock. Her involvement and care for Balinese culture, animals, and environment is a welcome relevation during a time of intense development and mass tourism. Her insights into the changing nature of travelling in Southeast Asia are poignant and accurate, though without rancour. As a frequent visitor to Ubud since 1975, I have personally experienced many of the situations that Cat describes, and have often considered a permanent move there, but it is the other expats and tourists that put me off. And the traffic. And the burning plastic. And the indecipherable bureaucracy. Cat manages to take all of this in her stride, and manages to retain that "Bali Daze" in spite of the changing face of Ubud. More, please!
I love Bali and always wanted to live there but since I can't in this lifetime I got to do so through Cat Wheeler.Thank you for such an entertaining book.She was so detailed in her every day experience and what to expect when we do travel to Bali.Loved it.