A Structured Life in Bali

We realised that the only way for us to travel with young children and enjoy it was to give a structured daily routine to our daughters. We have finally managed that after 14 days in Ubud. We have found a central but quiet 2 bedroom house with a view on rice fields (and an Art & Drama Centre!) The big plus is that it has a kitchen and we are not forced to go to restaurants anymore (,which remains sometimes a challenge…especially if the service is slow). We have also found a great school five minutes drive from the house. It’s called Pelangi School and accepts “drop-in” children. It is a holistic bilingual school. Bahasa-Indonesian and English are taught. Our kids are so far coping with the challenge and come back from school now singing “row, row, row the boat” or “hello, hello, how are you”!!!. Part of the structure is to have a cleaning service, a laundry service and a few people that are ready to help. It is all very affordable and we now enjoy at last some free time to do sport, answer mails, read on the terrasse, etc…

Daytrip to the Garden Exhibition in Tulln


I always wanted to go the the Chelsea Garden Exhibition. But knowing that tickets are more or less impossible to get, I was happy to hear Isabel proposing to go to the permanent garden exhibition of Tulln (40km North West from Vienna). Now that we have sold our flat with our garden and do not plan to have one in the coming year, one might ask why going there. Well, both of us like gardening and growing things. The other good reason: it is a paradise for small kids with great playgrounds, children animation, etc…

Overall, we liked the exhibition although the concept was not too clear. Some gardens are built like art-installations, other are showcases from private gardening companies that would like to attract customers, other gardens are from NGOs…etc.. Some of the gardens are very poorly maintained and would need watering.  Thankfully, other gardens were very sweet and inspirational. Here a picture gallery of some of the gardens and plants we liked best:

Gerhard Richter – from Private Collections – Albertina / Vienna

Albertina Posters

I mentioned in a previous post that Gerhard Richter is my all time favorite artist. Art critics can define him and his work a lot better than I can. I just say that Richter is one of the only artists that should be officially classified as unclassifiable. It blows my mind that someone with such incredible painting skills able to create hyper-realistic skies, landscapes & portraits does at the same time raw, colorful abstract acquarels and other geometric paintings or installations. I personally like most his portraits regardless of the style, the hyper realistic paintings & the paint-brushed photographs. From all periods I like most the sixties. Although quite distanced from Pop-Art, he often used like Andy Warhol iconic objects of this period, leaving from me a “truthful” view of this period without giving his personal interpretation.

Exhibition poster in front of the Vienna Opera HouseYou can imagine how excited I got, when I saw beginning 2009 posters across Vienna that Gerhard Richter’s works from mostly private collectors were on display at the Albertina. When I read “from Private Collections” I always have mixed feelings. On one hand, I am looking forward to seeing works that are so rarely displayed to the public, on the other hand, I know that the most famous pieces won’t be there. Anyway, I went to the exhibition and was not disappointed. Next to many abstract aquarels (which usually do not get my full attention but this time it did) there were a dozen of hyper-realistic paintings and a few works from the sixties which I so much enjoyed. What a privilege to have a look at them. Here are a few pictures of what I liked best today.