Frankenstein Roofing Is Super Distracting

I never thought there could be something ugly in Ubud…

but alas, a view of the market from above proves otherwise.

The sun is so hot in Ubud the last thing anyone can think about is seeking shelter in style…clearly…the only thing on anyone’s mind is getting under some shade.

This is a view of the market below in Ubud, Indonesia. All these umbrellas are set up and torn down at the end of every day.

And while I cannot blame the market vendors for being crafty enough to tote around broken umbrellas in order to prevent their goods and their heads from burning up, I can definitely comment on how ugly the sea of battered brollies is (even if doing so makes me feel smug and mean).

The bamboo mats are particularly clever - they do a great job of keeping the sun out. But they look like piled up sheets of cardboard and garbage.

I wish the entire market community could figure out a way to create a more appealing form of shelter. It seems as though everyone is working together to provide shade for one another, and yet, the mentality of “everyone for themselves” becomes apparent when you walk through the market and realize that no one is actually trying to help out their neighbour – the sea of brollies just gives that impression from above. Strange.

This is a view of the market underneath all the tarp.

At least the ugly Frankenstein of tarp, umbrellas and bamboo mats are working hard to keep the beautiful goods underneath protected. I would hate to see all the glorious stone Buddhas, straw baskets and delicate incense sticks ruined by rain or shine.

But ….why does it have to be so ugly?

On another note, yesterday was the official launch of ZOUCH MAGAZINE AND MISCELLANY – this arts and literature-based e-zine is anything but dull and drab (it sure puts the makeshift market roofing to shame). If you haven’t already checked it out, be sure to give it a peek. I think you will be pleasantly surprised, and you might even bump into an elaborated Passport2Design article (or three) written by yours truly :)

Cheers, have a great weekend, everyone.

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  1. Hey Tania! it was nice meeting you (& Jeff) last night. i hope you absolutely love your time in Pan – looking forward to posts from there! Have a great weekend!

  2. What a shame! If they had to use umbrellas why wouldn’t they use their beautiful colourful ones with tassels? We didn’t see the sea of umbrellas back in 1993. In my mind Ubud will always remain one of those magical places on earth though.

  3. Thanks for the comment, Deborah. I agree – Ubud is magical. I am counting down the days until I can plan a return trip. What a spectacular place!

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