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  • Day2

    Kaz & The Aussie Battler in Bali

    November 10 in Indonesia

    Things started off pretty slow after our flight was delayed by five hours and we were definitely flying red eye which didn’t suit me at all. The Aussie Battler (TAB) seemed to cope better than me as he’d just come off two night shifts so was tired enough to actually get some sleep.

    I’d planned to binge watch Bodyguard on Netflix but only got through two episodes before needing sleep but it was a rough night of bits and pieces of dozing. I was clock-watching too much so the flight took forever but the inevitable happened and we finally landed in Denpasar.

    We got through customs fairly quickly and were greeted with many cab drivers asking “taxi?” But Jack had organised us a driver as he’d only been here last week. It was all very easy and we hit the road to Ubud, although Goosti our driver informed us central Ubud was a 40 minute drive but it was an hour and ten minutes to where we were going.

    We’d been here around 20 years ago and when we hit Ubud there was nothing in particular that was familiar but I remember it being hilly. One bonus of driving through the night meant there was no traffic so we had an easy run. We stopped at a convenience store on the way for some water and an ATM and we went past a market that was in full swing, even though it was only 4am local time.

    We drove into the middle of nowhere through villages, on narrow roads and down some extremely steep hills. Brad and I had envisaged hiring push bikes to ride into Ubud but there was no way that was happening! When we arrived we were greeted by some beautiful outdoor seating areas with amazing bamboo structures and the temperature was quite cooler than I expected.

    We were taken to our villa which was a three bedroom but we only had access to one room which was the master bedroom, which was completely fine. All three rooms open fire to the private pool area which is surrounded by beautiful tropical garden and a stunning living area which is covered but completely open - love it!

    The master bedroom has a stunning four posted bed with curtains and is exactly what I would love to have at home! The bonus was that the bed was actually comfortable which isn’t too common in Asia as they typically have very firm beds. This was just what we needed after a shower and our heads hitting the pillow at 5am which was 8am at home - it had been a long night.

    We woke at 8 and went for breakfast as we were starving. We got to choose what we wanted to eat from a menu which was structured like a typical buffet breakfast would be - juice, coffee, fresh fruit, danishes, cereal and a main meal. I went with the egg white omelette to try and get some veggies into me and Brad went straight for the local food with Nasi Goreng.

    We were definitely out in the boonies but weren’t up for exploring as we still felt half asleep so went back to bed, waking at around 12.30 as the room was so hot. We had the ceiling fan going but not the air con - lesson learned. It was time for the pool which Brad jumped straight into but I took my time as it was quite cool.

    Today has consisted of swimming, drinking and lounging by the pool. It’s been the perfect day one to wind down and make the most of our amazing accommodation. Brad has looked up a few places to visit and eat at tomorrow so a bit of exploring will be on the agenda.

    We went for a walk up the road for half an hour and realised how remote we are. We are on a narrow road surrounded by rice paddies and some houses here and there. People were driving past on motor bikes with big palm fronds balancing on their head and it puts things into perspective about how different life is here compared to home.

    Everyone was very friendly though and liked to say hello as they rode past or we walked past. We are really glad that we’ve started the trip off here as we couldn’t be anymore immersed in the local culture than what we are now. Although once we got back to the retreat the contrast between here and out there really smacks you in the face.

    We went straight to the restaurant for some drinks and food. We were the only ones there for a bit until an older couple from Perth came in. They said they are here for five days and are concerned about staying so long. I agree that five days will be too much in such a secluded area - they got out today and we plan to do that tomorrow then we leave the following day which I think should work out nicely.

    We had a couple of mango daiquiris although they weren’t as strong as we’d normally make them - still nice though. Then we had rice paper rolls, a selection of satay sticks and roast duck with a corona. It was all really nice and it’s more expensive here than the general cost of food which is to be expected in a hotel restaurant but Its still very reasonable in the scheme of things.

    The night finished off quite young but without complaint as it was the perfect day to kick off the trip.
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  • Day3

    Ubud Central

    November 11 in Indonesia

    I woke pretty early and was hungry but breakfast didn’t start until 7am so I kept trying to get back to sleep but gave up at 6.45am. It wasn’t hot yet so I did a 20 minute workout then jumped into the pool - soooo good! By then Brad was up and joined me for a quick swim then we went to breakfast.

    Brad went with Indonesian again but got Mei Gorang this time which is noodles instead of rice. I went with Bircher muesli which was really, really good and so filling.

    We’d decided to get transport into Ubud today to check it out but when we got back to the villa it was too tempting to do some more chilling so we looked up some places to go and after that hard work I laid on the couch for a morning nanna nap. And I feel that I can legitimately do that now that I have a grandson, even if it is only at 9am!

    So after a very relaxed morning of reading, sunning and swimming we finally got ourselves moving at some stage around lunchtime. It took quite a while to get there, maybe half an hour or so and as soon as we got out of the car we noticed how much hotter it was compared to where we’d come from - I think we were quite a bit higher which definitely made a difference.

    The place was buzzing with tourists from all corners of the world, many of them on motorbikes. We just wandered through the streets, window shopping as I couldn’t be bothered doing any shopping and Brad certainly isn’t in any hurry to shop. Them place was nothing like I remembered from last time we were here 20 years ago. There was a mixture of clothing and jewellery boutiques, homewares, street stalls, restaurants and cafes. After a fair bit of walking we stopped at a cafe for a beer then moved on a little which seemed to take us into a health and well-being area.

    I know Ubud is famous for its spiritual, health and well-being retreats but it wasn’t something we were too interested in being part of. The next place we stopped had an upstairs dining area so we went up there for a cocktail. It was some passion fruit, pineapple, mint thing that was really nice but very strong and it went to my head. We moved on again after that which I was happy about as everyone in there seemed to be part of the health and well-being movement and I felt like I was surrounded by a bunch of rich hippies.

    We had ended up in the small backstreets and found our way back to the main street and stopped at a cafe for a beer so we could use the toilet. I have to say that I’ve been really impressed with the toilet facilities. Last time we were here they were always in a very unclean condition and were all Asian squat toilets. Nowadays they are all Western toilets that are nice and clean and have hand soap dispensers.

    As we walked we came across the market and I got stuck at a dream catchers stall as I wanted everything. I hate bartering but it’s a necessity if you want to buy anything. Brad got involved at the start then walked off and left me. I really didn’t want to be doing it but really wanted to buy the two I had chosen. When I finally agreed on a price I only had enough money to get one. I caught up with Brad and he said he walked off so that the guy would drop the price more but I really can’t be bothered with it all.

    We did one last cocktail stop after that and I needed food so we ordered some spring rolls to keep us going as we had other plans to eat at - and some many of the food places serve majority Western food which we weren’t interested in. By then we were done so went to the cab rank and found someone to drive us to a restaurant Brad had found online and wanted to try. It ended up being a fair bit out of central Ubud and was like a garden cafe, covered in greenery but all alfresco and overlooking rice fields - it was beautiful and really nice to be eating somewhere with a menu full of local dishes.

    Brad has been trying to speak a bit of the local tongue - just the basics like “my name is”, “thank you”, etc and he was testing a few words on the staff who were very friendly and happy to help him out. They organised a cab for us and we got to talking to the driver and arranged for him to pick us up tomorrow to go to Legian. We asked about local food and he was telling us about suckling pig being a local specialty so we were keen to try it and he agreed to take us somewhere local to eat it tomorrow.

    I was really tired and sporting a headache after the big day out (and probably due to the drinks), so I had a shower and called it a real early night.
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  • Day4

    From calm to chaos

    November 12 in Indonesia

    After my early night last night, I was wide awake at 4am and starving but breakfast wasn’t until 7 so I made myself go back to sleep. Waking up with the reality of it being our last day at the villa was a little depressing and luckily we didn’t have to be out until 12 so we had a bit of time to enjoy it.

    We were at breakfast at 7 and The Aussie Battler (TAB) was on fire with his Indo by this stage and the locals love it. We both had scrambled eggs this mor which was good and I’d tried to top up with Weet Bix beforehand so I wouldn’t get hungry but they gave me three Weet Bix with enough milk to have with one so it dried up very quickly. The eggs ended up filling me up anyway so all was good

    After breakfast we went for a walk and followed the road past the retreat heading the opposite way to when we’d walked the other night. The road got very narrow and was surrounded by thick jungle. Not one bike or car passed us and we only saw one or two houses - this was as remote as you can get. We passed some small huts that had cows in them but mostly it was rainforest with steep valleys and we could hear running water from a river or waterfall.

    In the middle of nowhere was a man and lady sitting on the ground having coffee and I asked to take a photo and straight away the lady pulled a towel from her shoulders to make sure she looked her best for the photo - funny! We saw some wild puppies from one of the millions of stray dogs in this country.....they were cute though. And then we came to the end of the road which had steps leading down to a temple. It was fairly small but still impressive although we didn’t walk through the gates as I had shorts on and thought I should have had a sarong to go in.

    So we turned around and headed back and the man and lady I’d taken a photo of were out on the road talking to another guy who had arrived. They couldn’t speak a word of English but were very happy and friendly. As we walked past the lady ran up to me and pointed at my phone as she wanted to see the photo I’d taken of them earlier. I showed her and she loved it and started cracking up. She called the man over to take a look and he laughed to. She just kept laughing and as we continued to walk she walked with us. It was such a great experience and I wish I could have somehow given her a copy of the photo.

    She stayed with us for some time and all of a sudden TAB jumped and we’d just walked over a dead snake. I thought he was joking as it was thin, bright green and there was a leaf at the end of it so I just thought he made a mistake and it was a leaf with a long stalk. But looking at it closely you could see it was a snake - a viper says TAB - that had been squashed.

    As soon as the lady noticed it she started screaming and ran to grab a thick piece of wood. TAB picked it up and she yelled at him and went towards him with the wood. TAB was trying to explain to her that it was dead but she wasn’t convinced. It was quite a funny episode and clearly those snakes are very dangerous if she was acting like that so I just thank god it was dead as the colour of it completely camouflages them into the foliage....scary.

    We continued past the retreat back into the village we’d walked through the other night. We’ve since found out that it is called Buahan. There was more activity going on than when we were out the other night and everyone is just so friendly. We went into another resort to take a look, it was called Hanging Gardens and the concierge showed us photos of it - it looks absolutely amazing but the prices were out of control - way out of our price range.

    The rest of the morning was enjoying the serenity of the villa until our pick up arrived at 12. Komah was right on time and he took us to a local cafe Tahrir served suckling pig as promised. There was a big chunk of pork in a cabinet at the front of the shop and you don’t need to order as there’s only one dish on the menu. It consisted of a bowl of soup, steamed rice and a bowl with pork and some green vegetables. We asked for spicy like the locals which luckily they put on the side as I only ate a little bit and my mouth was burning through the rest of the meal. I don’t really know what I was eating and I couldn’t taste a great deal with the level of burning going on in my mouth. TAB got through all his food and all the spice which is impressive as even Komah didn’t use all his spicy stuff as he said it was even hot for him. We had a beer with it and it wasn’t helping with the burning either - this was some serious shit.

    We hit the road and drove past so many furniture and homewares places. It was killing me as everything looked amazing and I just wanted to stop and shop but getting stuff home just seems like too much hard work to contemplate - it’s a damn shame. The traffic began to hit and I was already starting to regret leaving our sanctuary. The roads were crazy and I needed the toilet but I knew that stopping wasn’t an option as we were barely moving in some instances so it was just a matter of getting there. At one stage I asked Komah how long to get there and he said 20 minutes but after about 40 minutes we still weren’t there and he had to stop and ask someone if we were going the right way as he though his GPS was playing up! Thank god TAB spotted a convenience store that had a toilet symbol on its sign so we pulled over and although it was my first bad toilet experience, he had literally saved the day.

    Feeling a little more relaxed with an empty bladder, I was happy to finally see the ocean and knew we weren’t far away. Komah finally got us to the Legian Beach Hotel and I paid him 40k instead of the 35k he quoted as it had been a big effort and he had to turn around and go all the way back to Ubud.

    When we got to our room I was disappointed as it was such a stretch from what we’d just come from. I was wondering what the hell we’d done leaving that place to come here.

    So after about 15 minutes of us both contemplating that we decided to get out for a wander to see where we were. On seeing the pool and outdoor eating areas our mood changed a little. Then we crossed over to the beach and were surprised and very happy to see how beautiful it was and what a great location the resort was, even if our room was only average.

    Last time we were at Bali we travelled so much that we didn’t really spend much time in this area, especially at the beach. But my memory of the beach isn’t that great anyway, I’m sure it was rubbishy and not that nice. The beach at Phuket was definitely like that and so it was what I was expecting here. But I couldn’t have been more wrong. The sand is clean and fine, the beach is wide, there’s no sea weed and the water temperature is beautiful. I can see why so many people come here and why they keep coming back.

    We went for a short walk to just take it all in and the beach and umbrellas from beach clubs and beach bars stretched for miles. Right out the entrance of the resort onto the beach is the Kangaroo Bar which Jack had told us that he’d spent most of the time at with the crew he came to Bali with. He said we should have a beer there to meet the guys that run it so on the way back from our walk we stopped there and told them who we were and they remembered Jack. He visited with the Riddell crew who come here multiple times per year and have been for many years. So the Kangaroo Bar guys know them all very well. In fact, one of the guys, Rudi, was wearing the singlet that was made for the trip Jack came on and it had his and his mates name on the back - too funny!

    They told us Mel and Deb Tobin from Riddell from here and not long after, Mel showed up so he sat and had a beer with us. He said that when they checked last week that got some special membership because they’d stayed here 30 times - OMG!! Three of the guys Mel was travelling with showed up and sat for beers. Two live in Darwin and one in Diggers Rest and there were a lot of people that we all knew - small world. All the wives had been out for lunch and eventually ended up with us. It’s obviously where they all end up at the end of each day.

    Four or five beers later we decided to head off for something to eat. The Legian Beach Festival was on which was a big stage just up from us playing live music and there were street stalls all along the beach road. We set out looking for some satay being cooked on the grill which took us a little bit to find but persistence paid and we found what we were looking for and it was worth the wait....bloody beautiful!

    Even though it was reasonably early we were ready to call it a night as it had been a big day. Walking back in the room was a bit of a downer again as we’d had such a big, beautiful, luxurious space and bed. This all just looked so small and drab in comparison but I needed to get over it. Shower, bed and start again tomorrow.
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  • Day15

    So unvorstellbar wie es auch klingen mag, ist es tatsächlich wahr. Ich hatte heute eine balinesische Massage in meiner Villa. :)
    Nach einem sehr harten Start in Bali (Darminfektion am 1.Tag und meine Reisebegleitung ist krank geworden und konnte gar nicht erst nach Bali kommen), sind nun ein paar sehr außergewöhnliche Dinge passiert:
    Eigentlich hätte ich ein normales Doppelzimmer haben sollen, aber stattdessen haben sie mir ohne Aufpreis einfach so eine Villa gegeben. Ich habe keine Ahnung warum, aber ich muss zugeben es ist wirklich unglaublich!!
    Die ganze Hotelanlage ist wunderschön. Es liegt direkt am Meer, rundherum nichts anderes, es ist wunderschön ruhig und es gibt auch nur ganz wenige Touristen hier. Das Hotelmeer besteht aus einem riesigen Korallenriff. Ein wahrer Traum zum Erholen.
    Massagen sind in Südostasien übrigens allgemein sehr billig, im Normalfall 10 € für 1 h. Hier im Hotel hab ich sogar eine um nur 7 Euro bekommen, da musste ich zuschlagen ;)
    Ich kann Candidasa nur sehr empfehlen. Es ist sehr ruhig und nicht touristisch. Allerdings ist hier daher auch nicht viel los, es kommt eben drauf an was man möchte.
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  • Day14

    Wunder in Bali

    October 22 in Indonesia

    Heute durfte ich gleich 3 Wunder erleben:
    1.) ich bin nach 10 h Schlaf wie durch ein Wunder wieder völlig gesund und fit aufgewacht :)
    2.) ich habe meine Lieblingschips (naturals lorenz) gefunden :)
    3.) eine echte italienische Pizza

    Nach meiner Genesung ging sichs doch noch aus zumindest 1 Tag lang Kuta zu erkunden. Kuta gilt nicht umsonst als touristischster Ort auf Bali. Diese Stadt besteht in der Tat nur aus Shops, Taxis, Bars und Diskos. Überall wird man fast schon belästigt ob man nicht ein Taxi will oder in den Shop schauen mag.
    Es gibt hier auch einen sehr schönen Strand voller Surfer. Die Strömungen scheinen aber enorm zu sein, denn es gibt nur kleine Bereiche wo man schwimmen darf und dort stehen 15 life guards!!
    Es ist hier jedenfalls so touristisch, dass man absolut alles europäische Essen kann....ich hab zb griechische und italienische Restaurants gesehen.
    Das Essen ist überall unglaublich billig. Bis jetzt hab ich immer nur 2 oder 3 Euro bezahlt.
    Möchte man auf Bali herumfahren, gibt es 2 tolle Möglichkeiten:
    1.) privater Fahrer für den ganzen Tag um 20-30 Euro
    2.) Busse von Perama. Sehr billig. Meine 2 stündige Fahrt nach Candidasa morgen kostet mich nur ca. 4 Euro
    Ein sehr tolles Souvenir, von dem ich als Musikliebhaberin natürlich besonders begeistert bin, ist eine Bali Kalimba aus Kokosnüssen.
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  • Day12

    Jetzt wirds abenteuerlich

    September 14 in Indonesia

    Da sich unsere Unterkunft in einem Hof umgeben von sehr lauten Vögeln und gefühlten 10 Hunden befindet, startete der Tag sehr früh um kurz nach 6 Uhr.
    Nach einem ausgiebigen Frühstück ging es mit dem Roller einmal quer über die Insel. Einmal nicht auf Goggle gehört und schon ging es auf etwas ähnlichem wie einer Strasse weiter, auf der auch die grossen Jeeps ihre Probleme hatten. Total durchgeschüttelt schafften wir es nach 40min Fahrt zum Kelingking Beach. Naja eigentlich erst auf die Klippe. Der Beach befindet sich ca 150m darunter. Ein Tauchlehrer versicherte uns gestern er sei vor 5 Monaten runtergestiegen und hätte immer noch Muskelkater.
    Da wir im Gegenteil zu den meisten anderen festes Schuhwerk trugen (die meisten hatten FlipFlops) und Schweizer ja wandern können, wagten wir den Abstieg. Der ganzen Weg bestand aus Felsbrocken, Sandhügeln und 90grad steilen Felswänden. Nach 30minuten waren wir unten. (Es existieren leider kaum Fotos, da es einfach zu steil war und wir es total vergessen haben)
    Die Wellen in der Bucht sind so hoch, dass normales baden nicht möglich ist. In den stehen, oder dann auch umfallen jedoch schon. Ab und zu wird bei einer hohen Welle auch mal wieder ein Tuch oder ein Rucksack nass.
    Der Aufstieg war härter als gedacht. Der Fels strahlt eine enorme Hitze aus und macht das Klettern noch anstrengender. Total erledigt und mit ca je einem Kilo Sand am Körper (und wohl in jeder Falte) beschlossen wir nach Hause zu fahren und morgen mehr zu erkunden.
    Total erschöpft und immernoch etwas versandet (Wo kommt der ganze Sand her) liegen wir nun im Bett und hoffen der Muskelkater morgen wird nicht zu schlimm. 😅
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  • Day8

    Sonnenaufgang

    October 10 in Indonesia

    5.45 Uhr. Zwei Hähne schreien im Chor und kündigen den Tag an. Die Sonne geht in Amed auf. Touriführer sagen, hier gibt es den schönsten Sonnenaufgang der Insel.
    Nagut dann legen wir uns nach draußen. Der Hahn steht eh gefühlt neben unserem Bett.
    Am Horizont sind schwarze Punkte zu erkennen. Es sind die Fischer. Bald werde sie mit ihrem Fang zurück kommen.
    Das Wasser ist heute ganz ruhig und schenkt uns den Moment. Es ist kitschig. Es ist wunderschön. Ich mache viele Fotos, kann das Farbenspiel aber nicht gut einfangen. Ralf begleitet den Sonnenaufgang mit geschlossenen Augen. Ist ihm wohl etwas zu früh.
    Die Sonne steigt immer höher. Gleich wird es zu heiß werden für unsere Position.
    Während ich mich so bewege, spüre ich ein Brennen. Mist, hab ich mir beim Schnorcheln den
    A...llerwertesten verbrannt. Gut, dass ich Ralf gestern einen Vortrag übers richtige eincremen gehalten habe.
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  • Day19

    Ubud - Unser Kochkurs

    October 21 in Indonesia

    Wir werden 8 Uhr bei unserer Unterkunft abgeholt. Ralf und ich sind müde. So langsam spüren wir das Reisen. Doch heute geht's zum Kochkurs und darauf freuen wir uns sehr.
    Nachdem der Kleinbus voll ist, fahren wir auf den Markt.
    Erste Station: der größte Markt in Ubud.
    Und er ist groß. Ab 5 Uhr in der Früh tummeln sich hier die Händler. Es gibt einen Bereich für Blumen, Früchte, Fleisch, Gewürze und Stoffe. Ganz so geordnet, wie es klingt, ist es aber nicht. Die Händler sitzen überall. Auf den Böden und Treppen. Es ist ein wildes und lautes Getümmel. Und wir lieben es. Es macht Spaß, kurz ein Teil davon zu sein. Auch wenn in Deutschland der Markt sofort vom Gesundheitsamt geschlossen werden würde. Uns stört das nicht. Wir probieren verschiedenste Früchte, die uns Made aufbricht. (Made ist in Indonesien der dritte männliche Name. Das heißt, wenn du als Dritter geboren wurdest, ist dein Name Made. Wir treffen somit auf viele Mades)
    Zweite Station: Die Reisfelder. Danach zeigt uns Made seine Reisfelder und erklärt uns etwas über indonesische Familien. Viele Kinder sind gut. Viele männliche Nachkommen sind besser. Das liegt vor allem daran, dass Söhne in der Familie bleiben und die Töchter zu der Familie ziehen in die sie einheiraten. Söhne kümmern sich um die Familie. Made hat 5 Brüder und 4 Schwestern. Mades Nachbar hat 16 Söhne und eine Tochter. Unglaublich fast 17 Jahre schwanger...
    Die Reisfelder sind wunderschön. An einigen Teilen wird er geerntet und zum ersten Mal sehen wir das Bali was wir gesucht haben.
    Weiter geht es zum Kochkurs. Die Köchin empfängt uns mit einem Zitronensaft. Sie ist laut und lustig. Man spürt, dass sie die Chefin ist. An der Wand prangt ein riesen Bild aus jungen Jahren von ihr. Sie hat viel Humor und begrüßt uns in ihrer Familie. Wer in ihrer Küche steht, wird zu einem Teil ihrer Familie. Sie ist großartig! Wir kochen 6 herzhafte Gerichte und 1 Dessert. Unsere Gruppe besteht aus 5 Australierinnen, 2 Spaniern und 6 Deutschen inkl. uns. Eine tolle Kombination. Wir lachen viel und haben Spaß bei der traditionellen Zubereitung. Glutenfrei ist kein Problem. Nur ein Gericht wird für Ralf minimal abgeändert.
    Wir kochen: Gado Gado (eine Peanutsoße mit Gemüse), Tempe in einer Art süßlichen Soße, Thunfisch in Bananenblätter, Bohnensalat, Curry mit Hühnchen, scharfe Sate-Spieße (Hühnchen) und als Dessert gibt es Kochbananen mit Palmzucker und Kokosraspeln. Alles ist so unglaublich lecker. Die Gewürze sind teilweise frisch. Was bei uns getrocknet in Tüten verkauft wird, wächst hier als Wurzel, die wir ins Essen reiben. Nicht alles ist scharf und jedes Gericht hat einen ganz eigenen Geschmack. Man kocht hier viel mit der Hand. Die Zutaten werden eher geknetet und mit der Hand vermengt, als sie zu verrühren. Leidenschaft. Ganz viel Leidenschaft und Energie geht davon auf. Und die Farben explodieren nur so beim Zubereiten. So ist das Curry erst noch Grau und leuchtet Sekunden später in einem tollen Gelb.
    Nach 4 Stunden rollen wir, vollgefuttert wie wir sind, zum Auto.
    Das war etwas viel Essen und so versacken wir erstmal auf unserer Terrasse.
    Morgen ist unser letzter Tag in Ubud und wir haben eine Wanderung geplant...
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  • Day20

    Ubud - Wir finden unser Bali!

    October 22 in Indonesia

    Grüne Reisterrassen. Tropische Wälder. Bunte Blumen. Und eine gewisse Bedachtheit und Gelassenheit. So haben wir uns Bali vorgestellt - in einer übertrieben romantischen Vorstellung.
    Doch genau das finden wir nach 20 Tagen auf Bali.
    Wir machen früh los. Heute noch zerdrückter als gestern. Mir klebt noch das Bett im Gesicht.
    Ein Fahrer, den wir am Tag zuvor gebucht haben, holt uns von unserer Unterkunft ab. Und bringt uns 10 Minuten später zum nördlichsten Punkt von Ubud. Nachdem wir eine Brücke überqueren, finden wir es: Bali.
    Ein Steinweg führt uns 2km, zwischen Palmen und tropischen Wäldern, parallel zu einem Fluss, bis zu den Reisfelder. Hier laufen die Uhren langsamer. Vereinzelte kleine Stände verkaufen Kunst und Stoffe. Ansonsten sehen und hören wir nur die Natur. Bei den Reisfeldern angekommen, nehmen wir uns eine Stunde Zeit in einem Lokal und trinken Melonen- und Bananensaft. Und dann geht es wieder 2km zurück, kurz vor der Mittagshitze, sind es trotzdem schon 34 Grad. Auch wenn wir schwitzen, macht uns die Hitze nicht mehr so viel aus.
    Huch. Ein Einheimischer wäscht sich im Fluss. Wir versuchen aus seinem Blickfeld zu gelangen, da wir keine Eindringlinge sein wollen.
    Als wir wieder auf der Hauptstraße sind, kehren wir in einem Café ein und klappen zum ersten Mal seit langem die Laptops auf. Blick ins tropische Grün. Der perfekte Moment.
    Den kompletten Rückweg laufen wir. Dann trennen wir uns. Ich geh zur Pediküre (meine erste in meinem Leben) und Ralf genießt einen Kaffee bei seinem lieblings Barista.
    Am Abend bestaunen wir in einem Tempel eine balinesischen Tanzaufführung. Wir sind viel zu früh da. Es könnte ja ausverkauft sein...
    Sie ist wunderschön und super anstrengend. Es ist ein lustiges Spektakel. 30 ältere balinesische Damen hämmern auf ihre Instrumente ein und lachen während der Aufführung. Als wären wir nicht da. Es könnte auch eine Probe sein. Die Tänzer sind toll gekleidet und bewegen sich fast roboterartig durch den Raum. Zwischendrin lachen die alten Damen wieder und wir wissen nicht, ob etwas ungeplantes passiert ist. Eigentlich könnten sie alles vorführen - wir haben ja eh keine Ahnung. Trotzdem macht es Spaß und am Ende sind wir froh, dass der Rausch der Klänge vorbei ist.
    Ein schöner Abschied von Ubud. Morgen geht es um 10 Uhr nach Canggu - unsere letzte Station auf Bali...
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  • Day19

    Rund um Ubud

    October 27 in Indonesia

    Heute habe ich so viel erlebt, dass ich gar nicht von allem Fotos posten kann...
    Mit meinem Rezeptionisten als Guide sind wir mit dem Moped zu verschiedensten Sehenswürdigkeiten rund um Ubud gefahren. Hier auf Bali ist eine der besten Möglichkeiten Sightseeing zu machen, einen privaten Fahrer für 1 Tag zu mieten. Dabei zahlt man für ein Auto üblicherweise 500 000 Rupien (ca. 30 €) und für ein Moped 250 000 Rupien. Es ist also eine sehr günstige Art um herumzukommen und nochdazu, wenn man einen so guten Guide wie ich erwischt, erlebt und lernt man dabei sehr viel über das Land.
    Zu Beginn war ich bei der Elefantenhöhle (Goa Gajah), dann beim Holy Spirit Tempel, dann einer der Höhepunkte: Tegalalang Reisterassen, war Kaffee und Tee verkosten bei einer Kaffeeplantage und zu guter Letzt beim Tegunungan Wasserfall.
    Hier ein paar Dinge, die ich heute kennenlernen durfte:
    1.) Luwakkaffee: hierbei wird die Kaffeebohne von einem extrem süßen Tier (Fleckenmusang) verspeist und schließlich aus dem Kot gesammelt und weiterverarbeitet
    2.) Tränen von Shiva: ein Samen mit heilender Wirkung des Rudraksha Baumes (Elaeocarpus ganitrus). Alles an diesem Baum ist besonders. Sobald er über 100 Jahre alt ist, bildet er oberflächliche Wurzeln, die wie Schlangen aussehen. Die Früchte sind blau und unterhalb des Fruchtfleisches verstecken sich die berühmten Samen. Die Samen haben unterschiedliche Anzahlen an Linien (Gesichtern bzw Samenkammern) und je nach Anzahl haben sie unterschiedliche heilende Wirkungen.
    3.) Mangosteen: eine mir völlig neue Frucht, die aber sehr gut schmeckt und nachgewiesen zur Krebsheilung beiträgt (ich schätze Europa sollte mehr an pflanzlichen Heilmitteln forschen)
    4.) sobald Bäume über 100 Jahre alt sind, werden sie unten mit einem Tuch umwickelt und verehrt
    5.) Heute war der Tag des Stahls deshalb hatten die meisten Autos außen Figuren und Muster aus getrockneten Blättern
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Provinsi Bali, Bali, バリ島, 발리 섬, 巴厘岛

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