Saturday, March 23, 2013

Ubud and around

Sorry it's taken me so long to post our activities from a week ago. We haven't had air conditioning until now and it's just too hard to have a hot laptop near you when you're dripping in sweat. So...on March 17 we visited the surrounding area of Ubud to see more cultural dances, rice terraces, temples and an active volcano. The original plan was to go to a town called Monduk but it seemed a little far so we stuck a little closer to town.

Our first stop was to watch the Sahadewa Barong & Kris Dance. Our driver said it would be different than the one we watched the night before but it wasn't. It was the same. Over the course of the day we realized that he was bringing us to places where he likely gets a kickback. We were OK with it though - we were being driven around in an air conditioned car to see things that we wouldn't normally see.

Traditional Balinese dress

More traditional dance

We then headed to some temples. The first one we visited was Pura Puseh Desa Batuan which means the Batuan village temple (of origin). We had to wear sarongs before entering the temple - it is customary to wear sarongs as a sign of respect.

Paul looks good in a sarong

I was already hot so the extra layer didn't help but I respect why we had to wear it

Pura Puseh Desa Batuan on a beautiful day

We got someone to take a photo of us - I was hoping for a vertical shot of the entire temple but it's OK

These statues are all sacred int the temple so Paul opted not to display violence

Close up shot

Pretty flower

There are many rice terraces in Bali, our driver took us to the Tegallalang Rice Terraces - it was amazing!

Beautiful rice terraces

You can see some of the younger rice growing

Our next stop was the Gunung Kawi temple but when we got there, I happened to read the rules...

But men on their period is OK?

...which prevented me from entering. Had I known the rules before the first temple, we wouldn't have seen any. I'm glad that we were able to see one but I feel bad that I broke the rules (albeit unknowingly). Hopefully I did not anger the gods.

Since we couldn't go into this temple, we looked for our driver so we could leave but he was nowhere to be found. He apparently had gone into the temple. I explained that because of the rules, I wasn't allowed to enter...he seemed to understand and we left for the volcano.

Here's a picture from the outside...see how pretty it was?!

The volcano, Gunung Batur, is an active volcano which last erupted in 1994. We had lunch first at a really expensive Indonesian buffet and then snapped a few pics before leaving the area.

Ganung (mountain or in this case, volcano) Batur and Denaur (lake) Batur

Paul has a scared look on his face because our driver is in the middle of traffic taking this picture

The driver was safer taking this picture

Since temple visits weren't going to happen, the driver suggested going to a waterfall or the Bali Zoo as our last stop. We opted for the zoo because it had been over a week since we walked around smelly animals on a hot day.

I was excited to be at the zoo amongst these animals

Estuarine crocodile

The Bali mynah - Bali's official bird

Buntung the Bengal tiger has 3 legs...its roar can be heard 2 miles away! 

Rhinoceros hornbill

Sun bears are the smallest bear but their tongues are super long - 25 cm!

We walked through the Birds Aviary which includes a bunch of bats

Thumper hanging out with Bambi

Hey, Jacky looks a lot like Paul


  1. Looking at the the beautiful pictures, it makes me wish that I'm there too. The lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides all providing a picturesque backdrop to its colorful, deeply spiritual and unique think they allow public drunkenness? It would be heaven on Earth if they did.

    Um, do they let you keep the sarong or do you just throw them in "used" bin? Just curious.

    1. I thought I replied to this...they don't let you keep the sarongs - you indeed throw them into a bin!

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