Archives for August 2011

Temples Temples and More Temples

It was another full day. We started out with the driver at 11 am, after the boys had a chance to go scuba diving that morning.  
kurtagosa bali
Our first stop was Kurtagosa, the former royal courts of justice in the town of Klung Kun. Kertagosa was the end of the line of the law system for serious crimes at that time in Bali. Criminals facing trial were kept in a building where the ceiling held gruesome murals depicting good vs evil and what happened to sinners.
kurtagosa bali

Some of the scenes depicting what might happen to the “sinners”

kurtagosa bali
kurtagosa bali

Good to know

kurtagosa bali
We met a group of boys that were hanging out inside the site. One boy was not shy about sharing his chocolate crepe with Jeremy.

 

After finishing at the palace we walked across the street to a market, which I doubt many westerners go to. We were met with gawking locals as we searched through the bolts of traditional indonesian batik fabric.
kurtagosa bali
kurtagosa bali

Our next stop was Goa Lawah bat cave. legend has it that the cave goes all the way to the mother temple, some 70km away. No one knows for sure if this is true because no one has ever been that deep into the cave. This is because the legend also says there is a large vicious dragon guarding the inside of the cave.

Goa Lawah bat cave bali
The temple at the entrance of the cave. If you were really wealthy, this is where you paid to have your funeral. Inside you could see bats covering every inch of the walls. It didn’t smell the best.
Goa Lawah bat cave bali
Goa Lawah bat cave bali

When driving in the country side it is common to see students of the nearby schools marching. We were told that they did this on a regular basis. 

We arrived at our hotel on the north side of the island in Tulamben just before night fall. It is a tiny town in the middle of no where that has only a few restaurants on it’s ½ mile main road. It was exactly what we were looking for. Seclusion. We ate at one of the 3 local restaurants and for a main dish, appetizer and drinks for both of us it came out to about $12usd. Something I could definitely get used to. Another thing I loved about the city and being in the middle of no where were all the stars. With so much light pollution in Geoje, it’s a rarity to have such a clear sky that you can see the milky way.  

On the way to the hotel we passed one of the many lava flows that lead into the ocean from Mt. Agung volcano

Drinking Coffee from an Animal

We started early in the morning and rented a driver for the day to take us around. It’s a great and often cheaper way to be able to cover a lot of ground for one day. Plus they like to suggest local attractions along the way that you may not have been able to see or know about, such as luwak coffee.
We stopped to have lunch over looking some rice paddies. Mixed in were fields containing different fruits. All throughout lunch we could see these ladies heading out to the field with empty baskets on their head. Within twenty minutes the baskets were full of watermelons and they were walking back to the pile to drop it off.bail farmersOur next stop was to a coffee plantation where they sold luwak coffee. This is the pathway to the coffee shop at the back. All along the path were different chocolate and coffee plants.
luwak coffee
Most of bali’s coffee is microground so it can be drank just by adding water. We were also able to see how they make luwak coffee, some of the most expensive in the world. Long story short: a palm civet (the weasel looking animal above) eats only the best of red coffee beans. While inside the intestines, the beans undergo chemical changes. They then poop it out (tasty). The poop with the coffee beans is collected, roasted and stripped of the outer layer and cleaned, then finally ground into coffee.
luwak coffee
luwak coffee
luwak coffee
luwak coffee
luwak coffee
 We had a taste test of lemon tea, bali coffee, cocoa coffee and ginseng coffee (our favorite)
luwak coffee
Next up on the list was the Bali zoo which we picked mostly because you were able to get up close and personal with several different types of animals.
bali zooFruit bats. If you swung them back and forth they would open their wings and try to fly.
bali zoo
bali zoo

Me and Alissa trying to prove we were tough by holding an alligator. Tt was surprisingly squishy. Right after we gave it back the calming drugs that it had to be on seemed to be wearing off. Good thing if was after we held it!

bali zoo
bali zoo

Everyone makes fun of me for this but this is my dream car. vw thing. Just in case you were wondering what to get me for christmas this year.

Our last stop of the day was the monkey forest sanctuary in the city of Ubud. You had to be careful not to wear anything shiny or have food on you. If you did, the monkeys would climb on you to find it and grab it.

monkey sanctuary ubud bali
monkey sanctuary ubud bali
monkey sanctuary ubud bali
monkey sanctuary ubud bali
monkey sanctuary ubud bali

The temple had a lot of morbid sculptures of demons trying to eat babies

monkey sanctuary ubud bali

monkey sanctuary ubud baliRice paddies line every open area in bali. they make the most of the land they have by terracing all of the mountains and hills.

bali rice paddies
bali rice paddies
bali rice paddies
bali rice paddies