23 November 2015Ubud, Bali, Indonesia On Monday morning, we were up early. We relaxed at bit at our home stay, reading and researching what we wanted to do that day. Rick found an easy hike with great views called the Campuhan Ridge Walk, so we headed there before it got too hot. The hike passes through the rice fields in Ubud, on a ridge between two valleys. Along the way, we met a young woman from Spain, Irene. We ended up doing the whole hike with her, hearing about where she has been on her travels and talking about the places we've been and are going. We managed to finish the whole hike, which makes a loop, and totals 10km. Rice fields along the way. Seeing the irrigation systems up close was fascinating.
Walking through local villages, with lots of art on display.
Our new friend, Irene.
We decided to go to a nearby restaurant, Sari Organik, for lunch and Irene picked up her motorbike and joined us. The restaurant is in a village in the middle of rice paddies, and the views a…
22 November 2015Ubud, Bali, Indonesia Sunday morning began with a delicious curry for breakfast, prepared by Wayan's mother. Rick had asked if we could see some gamelan music and we headed off to a traditional Balinese dance show. Our cheesy tourist photo, that they printed on some sort of a plate and tried to get us to buy.
The outdoor stage
The gamelan ensemble
Each village here has a specialty product that they produce. In Mas, where we are staying, wood carving is the handicraft of choice. In fact, the workshop where Wayan and his father work was started by his grandfather. After the dance show, we stopped to look at a Batik workshop, where we purchased some fabrics and scarves (I have some pillow covers to make!). Then, it was off to a famous temple in the area where we were able to try some gamelan ourselves!
We also went on a tour to a local coffee and chocolate farm. Agro tourism is big here, and luwak coffee is the most expensive in the world. I'll let you google that …