There is something about markets and me…they go together! Just the thought of visiting a market makes me glow with expectation. I actually don’t even have a compulsion to buy anything at the markets, although I invariably do, but I … Continue reading
Not only has Ubud got a wonderful market but it has boutiques galore too. You can spend hours poking around in the cutest boutiques you have ever seen. My favourite streets for special shops with a difference are Hanoman Street, … Continue reading
Ubud is definitely a shoppers paradise. One of the fun spots to shop in Ubud is its huge market. The market is located very centrally in Jalan Raya (Ubud’s main road).
The market is open from 6am till 6pm every day of the week. From 6am till around 9am the fresh fruit/food stall holders are set up. Here you can purchase a vast array of produce. We bought yummy bananas, mangosteens and snake fruit. It is a great time to just wander and watch people purchasing their shrine offerings and daily goods.
After 9am the regular stall holders set up. These stalls sell a vast array of goods from fake sunglasses, t-shirts, beads, Balinese souvenirs right through to cute little pottery teapots.
However the markets are not for the faint hearted! Bartering is the order of the day here and stall holders expect that you will negotiate with them. My tips are:
- Have fun…remember you are on holidays.
- Only barter on goods you intend to buy. If you intend to buy decide on your price and stick to it. Sometimes when you walk away unsuccessfully the stall holder will come down to your price (if your price is fair!)
- If you are not interested a friendly “Just looking” and a smile is your best bet.
My boys loved to barter. They went to the market each day to get presents for their friends and compared notes on who got the cheapest price. They were happy and so were the stall holders.
One of the things I adore in India is roadside business. Whether it is buying my daily paper, flowers for my hair or a curbside chai the feeling is always the same…pure happiness. This delight doubles when you stay in … Continue reading
I captured these images of some Indian “door to door” salesmen hawking their wares while in Thirumalaikodi. I just love how the young men have the glittery dresses just flung over their shoulder. These day to day images always delight … Continue reading
Nilgiri’s Supermarkets have been an institution in south India since 1905. They began as a small store chain in Ooty and Coonoor and have now grown to supermarkets in 28 cities in India. I just love going into the Bangalore store … Continue reading
At the beginning of our stay here at the Sripuram Ashram, in Thirumalaikodi, we met Parvati (on the left) on an auto rickshaw bus. On the bus she generously gave me some flowers for my hair. Her daughter, Lakshmi, (on … Continue reading
Puttaparthi is a wonderful spot to visit. Not only does it have the ashram but it also has some interesting finds such as: ~ Amazing jewellery shopping with our darling Tibetan ladies. ~ Fantastic supermarkets with a vast array of … Continue reading
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