Friday, December 2, 2011


Tanah Lot on the Indian Ocean

Terraces of rice, temples, beaches, shopping and relaxing by the pool at our villa.....Bali.  I have to admit that the "perfect, white sand beaches of paradise" didn't quite live up to our expectations, but after we adjusted our mindsets a bit, we really enjoyed the culture.

The most popular temple we went to was the Tanah Lot Temple, one of seven sea temples around the Balinese coast. Each of the sea temples were established within eyesight of the next to form a chain along the south-western coast (Wikipedia).

The Tanah Lot has a natural spring on the underside of the rock, where the holy water for Hindu ceremonies at the temple is fetched.

No swimming allowed out of respect of the Gods within 100meters of any temple, but we could walk in the Indian Ocean waters.

The technique of rice farming and the work today is done pretty much the way it was a thousand years ago – one reason why most of the amazing rice terraces are still intact. After seeing the Rice terraces of Bali one might think that rice is actually only the by product of a bigger project: landscape art.   

Prayer twice a day for the Hindus, even at our villa:

The volcanoes, mountains, rice terraces that make up the landscape art throughout the entire drive to Kintamani was breathtaking.  Arriving at the active Batur Volcano that stands 1717m with beautiful Lake Batur at its foot, we welcomed the fresh, cool breeze and the cool humidity free air.   

I would've loved to hike up the volcano, then down the mountain to the lake for a time!

Bali harvests the most expensive coffee in the world ~ Luwak coffee. Luwak is a local name of the Asian palm civet in Sumatra.

Kopi Luwak or civet coffee, is coffee made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian Luwak, then passed through its digestive tract. A civet eats the berries for their fleshy pulp and chooses to eat only the best of the berries, leaving the rest. In its stomach, enzymes seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Civets also eat small vertebrates, insects, ripe fruits and seeds. Passing through a civet’s intestines the beans are then defecated, having kept their shape. After gathering, thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness, widely noted as the most expensive coffee in the world.
After learning of the process to make this expensive coffee, I couldn't stomach the thought of drinking it.  Papa tried a cup, but didn't care for it.

We explored temples, a volcano, rice terraces, swam in the Indian Ocean, shopped the markets, watched the sunset of Bali, went to the Monkey forest, purchased our first Mahogany wood Buddha Statue after seeing how they are hand carved, drank some Bintang, experienced the Suckling Pig delicacy, watched Silver jewelry being made and still had time to relax by the pool and read a book.

Riley shopping for a new hat.

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