No additional tips for this entry – just a special memory. We stopped at a coffee plantation to buy some beans. On the way out in the parking lot a little girl and her younger brother (maybe 6 and 4) approached us selling some wooden toys. dpr didn’t want the toys, but gave them the equivalent of about $5 to share. The little boy’s face lit up with the biggest smile, and dpr just remembers driving away and watching how proud they were. To this day, that memory is one of the best of the entire trip and still brings tears to her eyes.
March 18, 2010: Indonesia Diaries, Part 4b
Here goes part 4b for you….
We spent Nyepi at Ubud :o) We had two pools at this hotel – one on the hillside and one further up. We also relaxed with a little foot massage and I got a pedicure here as well. The restaurant hotel overlooked the river valley. It was pitch black that night save for a lot of stars and the odd light from a house which meant there was a baby or a sick person in that house that needed light. Yesterday we got up and went to Ubud to do some power-bargaining at the market. Actually, Mom did the bargaining for us because she’s a superstar at it. Then we walked around the village a bit and shopped some more, had some lunch, and then drove a bit to check out some rice paddies near the village – see the picture here. The evening was low key back at the villa with an amazing meal of chicken sate, fried noodles and fried rice. Sooo freaky good. Then d2 and I explored Sanur’s main strip – mostly shops and restaurants, and also went for a walk to the beach.
Today was an interesting day again. We drove about 2 hours north to a village called Kintamani, which is on a mountain top and overlooks a large lake called Batur. There are also 3 mountains there – one is an active volcano also called Batur. We went here because our guide told us of a village nearby called Trunyan, which is the only village in all of Bali that does not bury its dead – instead they place the bodies inside little bamboo tents (but you can see the bodies inside of them). The legend is that the large tree in the burial area (that is what is used to make incense) has a scent that masks the smell of the corpses. The third picture might be a bit disturbing, but this is where the burial area is. We went to the village from Kintamani by SUV over a crazy little weenie windy road, and after being toured around the village and to their temple, we got in a teenie weenie boat and were taken to the burial site. I’m guessing this was a once in a lifetime experience. The 4th picture is of Mount Batur. You can see that there is not a lot of vegetation on it from its eruptions – in fact you can see the black areas where the lava flow was and where it actually stopped or didn’t cover small ‘islands’ of green vegetation. It was also really cool temperature wise here compared to the other areas we’ve been in. On our way back from Kintamani, we stopped at another temple called Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave – Gajah is elephant and Goa is cave). This is a temple that dates back to the 11th century and is in a hillside. You can walk inside of it and make offerings, and there is also a lovely ravine with a path and temple in it nearby. Hard to describe without a picture.
So that’s the past few days for you in a nutshell. Taking in lot of culture here. The next couple of days are going to be more about sun, sand, and just hanging out. We’re in Bali until Sunday, then back to Jakarta for a few more days.
Hope you are all having a good week.
dpr and d2