Despite the fact that you don’t drink, it is good for me to hear that things back stateside (where I have not been in over 16 years) isn’t that much different than when I left.
Truth be told, the Ubud Hash, founded by our most famous and notorious expat, Victor Mason, does has the reputation of being “a running club with a drinking problem.”
But seriously, put that aside, as the fact is many Ubud hashers are non drinkers, and the Hash runs will take you through obscure, remote and largely unvisited villages around Ubud that you’d never otherwise see or experience.
About once a year they come through my own village (Bunutan), which is right along the famed Ayung River Gorge (just Google the Royal Pita Maha for photos), and it’s great to see my fellow villagers throwing them bottles of water and cheering them on.
And for certain, the Hash is a GREAT way to meet other local expats as well as some locals too, as quite a number of Balinese and transmigrated Javanese are long standing members of the Ubud Hash.
What you will find among the Ubud community of expats is an incredibly diverse group of all ages and from all parts of the world. And, of more importance, what you will also find here is a particularly savvy and well educated local Balinese population who embrace their foreign brothers and sisters with sincerity and a keen interest in sharing ideas, customs, the arts, and in reality, most anything you can think of.
So, welcome to Ubud, and we’ll likely hook up one day in, or after, this April.
Cheers, or as is oft heard in Hash runs…“on, on.”