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Tegalalang

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    • Day 10

      9. Ubud

      July 22, 2023 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Today we decided to visit the famous Tegallalang rice fields . We grabbed a taxi from our homestay and had a very scenic drive there . When we arrived , the place was extremely busy , luckily people seemed more interested with taking pictures of themselves on the Bali swings than the rice fields , so we managed to get out of the crowds quite quickly .
      The rice fields were beautiful , we walked a fair distance around them and the trekking path took us through some smallholdings - we saw lots of chickens and some cows too . We finally felt like we were experiencing authentic Bali culture , with locals wading through the rice fields wearing banana leaf hats.
      It took us about 90 mins to walk around the rice fields , we grabbed an iced brown sugar coffee ( tastes like creme brule!) afterwards and met our taxi driver .
      On the way back , he dropped us off at the Bali Pulina coffee plantation - home to the famous Kopi Luwak coffee. Kopi luwak, also known as civet coffee, is a coffee that consists of partially digested coffee cherries, which have been eaten and defecated by the Asian palm civet. The cherries are fermented as they pass through a civet's intestines, and after being defecated with other fecal matter, they are collected, dried and roasted . The coffee tastes very strong , but actually contains much less caffeine than usual coffee. It's also the world's most expensive coffee due to the process.
      They had two tame Civets there , one of them was playing around in the garden and the lady that worked there picked it up and let us stroke him . They are so cute and comical , I think it's my new favourite animal !
      At the end of the tour , we had a coffee and tea tasting session . The coffee was just amazing , my personal fave was the avocado flavoured coffee. James' was the vanilla and coconut coffee. Of course we had to try the Kopi Luwak coffee too and it was actually really tasty yet very stong ! ( I know the concept is gross !)
      We went a different way back to Ubud , with rice fields either side of the road and lots of temples .
      We packed our bags back at the hotel and spent over an hour looking for somewhere to eat . It was so busy everywhere as there is a dance festival for the dead starting tomorrow in Ubud- which we are gutted to be missing .
      We went back to our homestay and went to bed quite soon afterwards , we are getting up at 6 to catch our ferry to Gili Trawangan- we are very excited!
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    • Day 15

      Reis Terassen Ubud

      July 15, 2022 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Trotz der Erschöpfung sind wir am Nachmittag dann noch zu den Bekannten Reis Terrassen in Ubud gefahren.
      Auch hier haben wir mal wieder ein natürliches Wunder sehen dürfen, und ich durfte sogar über dieses rüber schaukeln :) ziemlich hoch, hat aber sehr Spaß gemacht.Read more

    • Day 198

      Motorcycle rides

      April 10, 2023 in Indonesia ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

      Ok mum, please dont have a heart attack, you know it would happen.

      Today Moni and I hired a bike from our accommodation to ride around the local area.

      Out first stop was Tegalalang, where we saw the famous rice fields and the swings set up for tourists. Despite the constant screaming, the view was stunning. There is something so luscious about the green fields over here. We decided to have something to eat overlooking the view and relax.

      I cannot see the appeal to swinging over the rice fields but google it and you will see the sort of effort people go to. There is one place that allows you to hire the massive dresses to get that shot. Each to there own but that is not how I like to experience things while travelling.
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    • Day 12

      Rus en Rys Terrasse

      January 31, 2023 in Indonesia ⋅ 🌧 24 °C

      Vandag is uitgesit vir rus en vrede. Ek is die afgelope paar dae bietjie siekerig, maar nie siek genoeg dat dit ons aktiwiteite in perk nie, maar vandag skree my lyf vir 'n stadiger pas. Ek spandeer amper die hele dag in die bed. Staan net op vir ontbyt en die nodige. Teen 14 uur voel ek weer mens en ek kan saam met Corné weer verken en die wêreld aanpak. Ek het 'n groot behoefte om in my eie bed te lê, maar darm is Corné by my so dis voldoende.

      Corné aan die anderkant het die reënweer aangepak. Die amptelike verskoning was om 'n apteek te besoek om iets te kry om my op te kikker, maar die bromponie en die vreemdheid van 'n onontdekte land om te verken was te veel.

      Corné: Die kuns in Ubud is net fantasties. Ek het die meeste van die dag by die verskeie kuns winkeltjies myself visueel dik geëet aan al die mooi werke wat op skou was en fisies dik geëet aan die verskeie straat kosse, meestal een of ander groente of hoender dis wat in olie gekook was. Natuurlik was ek ook by die apteek in, maar ek dink die beste medisyne vir Rulanda was op die ou einde 'n yskoue Coke.

      Later die middag het ons met die bromponie tot by die Tegalalang rys terrasse gery. Dit is weereens eintlik baie naby, in Suid Afrikaanse terme, maar die konstante bedrywigheid op die paaie maak dit ongeveer 40 minute se ry tot daar.
      Rulanda: Corné neem ons deur 'n houtwerk dorpie, en die houtwerk wat uitgestal word is asemrowend. Allerlei stukke, van klein gedetailleerde stukke tot massiewe beeldhou werk, meubels en weereens pragtige deure, is op skou. Die meubels se afwerking en patrone in die meubels is besonders.

      Corné: Ons arriveer uiteindelik by die parkeer area en betaal 25k Rupiah per persoon om die terras te sien, deur die hek en af met al die trappies en skielik is dit nog 10k Rupiah per persoon om in die terrasse te stap. Dis nogal iets wat ek die afgelope paar dae begin opmerk het, hoe elke klein plekkie nogal die toeris laat betaal, al is dit dieselfde uitsig wat jy bo van die pad af kan geniet. Dit was blykbaar nie altyd so nie, eens op 'n tyd was daar meestal net donasies gevra, maar weer besef 'n mens hoe 'n blywende impak die Covid pandemie gehad het. Ek wil nie glo dis alles net geldgierigheid nie.

      Tegalalang is ook waar die ikoniese Bali swaai fotos geneem word. Die terrasse lê laag op laag soos trappe uit die kante van die kloof gekerf. Hier en daar is daar rys aan die groei, selfs 'n terras of twee wat reg is om geoes te word, maar dit lyk of meeste van die terrasse nou net leë poele is. Dalk onlangs eers geplant. Dit bly steeds mooi, maar die terrasse opad na Lempuyang tempel was vir my veel mooier.

      Rulanda: Geskok stap ons die stukkie wat ons wel mag stap sonder om verder te betaal. Daarna ry ons tot by 'n naasliggende koffie winkel om 'n verniet uitsig te geniet en 'n lekker lime juice te drink. Corné drink weer 'n swart Balinese koffie met 'n bietjie suiker.

      Oppad terug wandel ons by 'n paar houtwerk winkels in verkyk ons aan die detail. Eintlik opsoek na 'n skaak stel. Ons was ongelukkig onsuksesvol in ons soektog om een te vind.

      Dit raak weer laat na die rit terug, maar ons is nog nie lus om terug te keer na die hotel nie, so ons ry verby ons normale af rit en oor 'n bruggie met twee enorme aap standbeelde wat weerskante wag hou.

      Dis 'n kort entjie en mens kan sien ons is weer in 'n meer landelike gebied. Vanaand smag ek weer 'n baie spesifieke dus: satay ayam, anders amptelik bekend in Afrikaans as "daardie flippen lekker hoeder stokkies met die grondboontjiebotter sous".

      Die manier om die Warungs te identifiseer is aan so bitter klein braaitjie wat gewoonlik voor die ingang staan. Die hoender word daarop gaar gemaak, soms met die help van 'n blaas apparaat wat die kole aan help.

      Die eienaar van hierdie spesifieke warung is duidelik nie gewoond om Westerse mense op 'n gereelde basis te sien nie. Hy praat byna glad nie Engels nie en ons sukkel om enige sin inligting oor pryse of porsies te verkry. Ons "settle" toe maar vir drie porsies en hoop dis genoeg, die prys was aansienlik minder as wat ons verwag het. Ons kan altyd na die tyd êrens anders ook stop.

      Corné: Die chef vat toe 'n laaste trek, skiet sy sigaret die straat af en gryp toe 'n groot handvol van die reeds voorbereide stokkies met die hoender op uit 'n bak in die yskas en begin dit in die sous te doop. Dis 'n enorme hoeveelheid, byna die hele bak, dit kan seker nie alles vir ons wees nie! Ons sit en bekyk die storie by die enkele klein tafeltjie in die klein restaurantjie. Dis nie lank nie en ons word bedien met 'n klein bergie kos. Laggend begin ons die kos verslind. Dit was toe alles vir ons. Ons smul heerlik aan die soet hoender. Hopelik kry ons nie "Bali Belly" nie, dis blykbaar 'n ding hier.

      Rulanda: Nadat ons geëet het ry ons so bietjie verder aan en vind 'n tweede plekkie tussen die rysvelde om 'n skemerkelkie te geniet terwyl die son sak. Ons sit en knoop 'n geselsie aan met Made, die eienares.

      Corné: Rulanda kan natuurlik nie haarself help om die arme vroutjie 'n bietjie te fisio nie.

      Dis 'n vroeë aand en 'n bietjie 'n episode op Netflix kyk.
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    • Day 10

      Bali - Ubud 5

      September 18, 2022 in Indonesia ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

      Ich habe das endlich mal geschafft seit ich ins Bett zu gehen. Das heißt vor Mitternacht und nicht nach Mitternacht. Ich wollte endlich mal eine Nacht normal durchschlafen... joah da hab ich die Rechnung ohne den Kollegen Schnürrschuh vor unserem Fenster ab 2Uhr nachts gemacht. Oder wie Mama sagen würde das "Empfangskomitee" 🐓🐓🐓...

      Das Video zeigt ganz klar und auch ganz deutlich hörbar worüber ich hier gerade rede. Was er da mit seinem Bruder halb über den Pool geschrien hat weiß ich nicht aber es war laut und nachts... 🤨😡

      ....den Hähnen den Hals umdrehen oder wie heißt das so schön. Würde ich gerne!

      Mein Wecker klingelt um halb 8, da ich um halb 9 zur Cooking Class abgeholt wurde. Ich machte mich in Ruhe fertig und packte schonmal ein paar Sachen für die Weiterreise zusammen. Leider hatte ich voll vergessen, dass unser Föhn das Föhnen nicht erfunden hat sondern in Slow Motion Luft bläst, sodass man 30min braucht bis die Haare trocken sind. So bin ich dann noch mit feuchten Haare los. Aber was solls, werd hier ja eh keinen glatten Haare mehr haben😅.

      Der schwarze Van fuhr vor und es sitzte tatsächlich nur Saskia, die Deutsche, die vor 2 Tagen in der Pizzeria neben uns saß im Auto. Geilste Sache - Privatkochstunde 🥰
      Als erstes ging es zum Markt, das war auch der Grund wieso wir die frühe Tour gebucht haben und nicht die Nachmittags Tour (da wären es 12 Leute gewesen und der Markt schon zu).

      Der Markt bzw. die Markthalle war voll mit Einheimischen, die frische Zutaten für zu Hause kaufen. Es gab frisches Gemüse🥒🥬🥦🌶 und Obst🍊🍉🍈🍌, aber auch Blumengesteckte, die Ulmer vor Tempel und die eigenen Haustüre zum Beten gelegt werden. Ich glaube als eine Art Opfergabe. Es gab aber auch das ein oder andere aufgenommene Hähnchen dort rumliegen ohne Kühlung oder Schweinefüße 🐖. Das brachte uns zum Zweifeln und wir fragten uns ob wir doch das vegetarische Menü bevorzugen sollten🤭😅.

      Anschließend fuhren wir nochmal zu einer Kaffeeplantage. War okay, da ich die ja nur im Dunkeln und Saskia nur im Regen gesehen hatte. Also war die Kaffeefahrt okay und wir bekamen nochmal umsonst Kaffee und Tee. 😊

      Dann ging es zur Familie nach Hause. Anscheinend wohnt wirklich jeder in einem Tempel (und einen Hahn🙄🙈) oder teilt den in verschiedene Sektionen für die Familie auf. Interessant. Hinten durch war die große offene Küche kn der mindestens 25 Leute Platz fanden. Wir waren trotzdem super froh alleine da zu sein. Und der Ausblick war auch der Hammer. 😍

      Als erstes hieß es Schürze um und Hände waschen. Dann wurde uns erzählt was wir kochen und welche Reihenfolge und Gewürze und Zutaten wir brauchen. Ich schwang den Mörser und machte Soßen und Saskia konnte schippeln🔪. Es ist ein Familienbusiness - Papa Mama und Sohn zeigten und halfen. Auf dem Speiseplan standen sehr viele Sachen wie zum Beispiel: Nasi Goreng, Bami Goreng, Satz Spieße an die wir uns doch wagten, diverse Soßen, ein Curry, Fischsuppe und Bananen zum Nachtisch.🤤

      Es war super alles selber machen zu müssen und nicht nur essen zu können weil 20 Leute was machten....Während wir kochten und die Anweisungen ausführten quatschen wir drauf los und tauschten uns über Gott und die Welt aus. So kam auch raus, dass sie in Oberhausen wohnt und sogar eine Kollegin von mir kennt 😅 so klein ist die Welt!🤷‍♀️

      Als wir alles fertig hatten wurde es Buffeeform drapiert noch schön Fotos gemacht und dann saßen wir bei geiler Aussicht und haben gegessen. Alles war mega lecker. Das Bami Goreng war mein Liebling und der Nachtisch die Bananen im Teigmantel. Das Bananenblatt Sushi war nicht mein Fall.

      Danach gab es noch ein Zertifikat und schon ging es zurück zur Unterkunft. Da Saskia in 3 Tagen wieder heim fliegt, war sie soooo lieb, dass sie ein paar Sachen von uns mit nach Deutschland nimmt die wir nicht mehr brauchen. 🙏😍

      Ich hab dann eben auf Silke gewartet, die sich in der Zeit einen Tempel angeschaut hatte und dann sind wir zusammen zu Saskias Hostel und eben die Tüte abgeben, für mich für morgen früh die Sonnenaufgangs-Vulkan Tour buchen und den Fahrer für Dienstag organisieren.

      Danach wollten wir nochmal zu den Reisfeldern🍚, da Silke gerne noch ein Foto in dem Pool wollte. Stattdessen bogen wir eine Straße eher ab und landete durch Zufall in einem Pool Day Club namens Cretya mit mehreren Ebenen Pool den ich mir mal gespeichert hatte. Von außen sah es aus wie ein Eingang für die Reisterrassen, was auch möglich war und Aras Harum hieß. Eintritt kostete es natürlich auch etwas: 50IDR. Und ich sags euch Leute, auch wenn die Sonne nicht mehr so richtig da war, der Ausblick war der Hammer.
      So verbrachten wir 2 Stunden Foto machend im Pool und fuhren dann wieder, da die Preise für Essen und trinken echt happig waren🙈 auf dem Weg zurück hielten wir an einem Straßenstand und holten uns einen Corndog auf die Hand, da ich immer noch satt vom Mittag war.

      So waren wir endlich mal früh in der Unterkunft. Ich hab noch die Kameras geladen und alles rausgesucht für morgen früh bzw heute Nacht und gehe heute noch früher schlafen. Gute Nacht - die wird kurz😴
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    • Day 206

      More fun in Ubud

      October 13, 2022 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 82 °F

      Bali is a very big island, with one village after another connected by small roads, no freeways or even highways. It can take quite awhile to get from one place to another.

      They drive on the left side of the road like in London, and there are thousands of scooters and motorcycles here, just like Vietnam. There aren’t near as many people/motorcycles here, but still somewhat ruleless. People pass when ever convenient.

      So we took a huge leap today and rented scooters for the next few days. Neither of us have ever rode one before so there was a bit of a learning curve. And … it would have been nice to practice riding in a big parking lot or such, but that doesn’t exist here. So we just jumped right out there. We both had a few close calls, but drove for a few hours, in lots of traffic and survived. Hoping for the best the next couple days.

      We drove into the mountains a couple hours and went to the Tegalalang Rice Terraces. They were beautiful! So deep green. They grow rice in fields, but also on these terraces which help drain the water appropriately.

      There are GIANT swings around every corner here. Jordan finally got on - they provided the red dress. It was really neat.

      2.0 miles, 18 flights
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    • Day 12

      East Bali’s Instagram route

      March 20 in Indonesia ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

      East Bali has some top spots if you want that perfect photo for your Instagram. We went on a highly recommended photography tour we found on Airbnb. This was going to be Divya’s spotlight day. We started really early (at 4am) and even then couldn’t beat the crowds at our first spot - Lempuyang Temple with the famous Gate of Heaven. Interestingly, the officials had a numbered queue system for clicking pictures at the main spot. We got in the queue and waited for an hour before our number was called. It was fascinating to see an entire experience carved around getting perfect Instagram shots. Next, we went to the Tirta Gangga temple, a picturesque garden with many water ponds and fishes. This was followed by the highlight of the day - the Goa Raja waterfall. We were supposed to go to the Tukad Cepung waterfall but replaced it at the last moment because of accessibility and a recent landslide there, and we were very happy with our decision. The waterfall was beautiful and Divya was able to click many stunning shots over there. We then visited a coffee plantation and tasted the Kopi Luwak (world’s most expensive coffee). We also bought some. Finally we went for lunch over to the rice terraces, which also had the famous Instagram-favourite swings. Divya started on the swings but it started to heavily rain before she could complete them all. She had gotten some nice shots by then, so we called it a day and headed back to our hotel amidst pouring rain.Read more

    • Day 80

      Tegalalang & Temples, Ubud

      September 7, 2022 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Similar to Jatiluwih, Tegalalang is a stepped rice terrace located far closer to Ubud. Unlike Jatiluwih, Tegalalang is more of a tourist hotspot than a functioning field. We didn’t see half as many farmers at Tegalalang although did notice the place was geared more towards tourists, for example there were large swings over the terraces as well as many cafes to entice people in for a drink. It’s a relatively small area but great to explore with lots of climbing. There were a few farmers around and some were keen for you to take a photo with them for a small fee, whilst others asked an entrance fee to get onto their land, both of which most likely bring in more than the farming itself. Unfortunately being so near to the increasingly popular Ubud, this looks like a prime spot that may become overrun with tourism in the near future. Whilst walking through the fields we noticed a zipline being constructed and it’s tourist activities like these that will most likely spoil the landscape and atmosphere. Nonetheless, it was worth the visit although a bit of responsible tourism management would help. It was pretty (and looking back at photos, they really do not do the area justice) but due to Tegalalang’s emphasis on tourism we are so glad to have visited the Jatiluwih terraces the previous day.

      A quick rainfall break in a cafe was in order before a trip to Tirta Empul and Gunung Kawi. At Tirta Empul, you can take part in a ritual where you dress up, make an offering then cleanse yourself in holy water. Lots of visitors were doing this, moving one step along to rinse their head under many flows of water. Although tempted, the water was rather chilly and given the on/off rain we thought we would give it a miss. A bit of a cop out we know. Just beside the water was a pond filled with hundreds of fish that could be fed and we had never seen so many fish frantically swim to the surface as food was scattered from above. Although the temple was not particularly grand it was full of incredibly detailed and intricate work, a reflection of Ubud itself.

      Next stop, Gunung Kawi which is another sacred place for the Balinese people. An unusual one as the 11th century complex comprises of 10 rock carvings cut into two 7-metre cliff faces. Walking around we have noticed Bali offers a range of craft souvenirs, actually quite nice compared to the usual stuff seen in the rest of southeast Asia. We found the coconut shell carvings impressive as were the very intricately detailed cow bone carvings.

      We enjoyed a delicious dinner at one of Ubud’s highest rated restaurants called Melali before watching a traditional Balinese story dance show later that evening. To be honest, we weren’t quite sure we understood the storyline however the costumes were impressive. The dancing was extremely complex with dance movements so precise, even down to the movement of eyes and fingertips. A great day and we feel we are starting to understand Ubud a little more now.
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    • Day 21

      Ziua 19: Aloha, orez și boabe de cafea

      October 9, 2019 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

      Abia am așteptat ziua de azi.
      A venit șoferul dimineața și ne-a dus la Aloha Swing Bali- e un loc plin de leagăne agățate de palmieri la zeci de metri deasupra pădurii sau a plantațiilor de orez, unde oamenii se bucura de peisaj și își fac poze pentru Instagram 😁😁😁
      Trebuie sa recunosc ca e cam ciudat sa stai la poze în astfel de locuri dar, imaginile de după merita efortul.
      Am mers pe urma la o plantație de arbori de cafea- Bali Pulina- care produce faimoasa cafea Kopi Luwak (Kopi=cafea, Luwak=o pisică ce seamănă cu o vulpe care mănâncă boabe de cafea).
      Am văzut tot procedeul (pisică a produs boabele în fata noastră) și ne-am așezat cuminți pe terasa.
      Am primit monstre din produsele lor, am mancat banane prăjite și înghețată de cocos. Delicioase! O cafea la filtru costa în jur de 15 lei, e foarte foarte aromata și te îndeamnă sa cumperi cât de putina sa ai amintire-e un loc pe care l-aș vizita cu drag în viitor.
      A doua oprire: Terasele de orez Tegallalang. Șoferul ne-a explicat cum se cultiva orezul, am stat și ne-am bucurat de peisajul verde și foarte îngrijit și am plecat sa vedem cascadele.
      Sunt multe cascade in zona Ubud dar din păcate, numărul mare de turiști nu te lasă să te bucuri pe deplin de ele. Noi am vizitat doua și ne-am întors spre casa.
      In drum spre casa ne-am oprit la o galerie de arta locala și ne-am cumpărat primul nostru tablou. Ce experienta minunata! Ne-am plimbat amândoi prin toate încăperile galeriei și l-am găsit. E pictat de un artist local a cărui lucrări ne-au atras atenția în toată galeria, pe care l-am negociat pe jumătate de preț (atâta ne-a fost bugetul). După ce l-am plătit, am fost chemați sa îl verificam și am așteptat sa îl împacheteze. Priveam de pe o bancuta de lemn, într-o încăpere din spatele galeriei ce dădea într-o cultura de orez cum doi balinezi grăsuți rulau cu atenție tabloul într-o țeavă de plastic lipita la capete cu scotch.
      Am plecat foarte fericiți spre hotel unde am făcut o baie în piscina și am ieșit la pizza.
      Minunata zi!
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    • Day 4

      Dag 2 - Tegellalang ricefields

      July 6, 2022 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Vandaag zijn wij naar de tegellalang ricefields geweest. Helaas begon het toen wij aankwamen heel hard te regenen. Als echte survivalaars zijn wij gaan schuilen onder grote palmbladen😁. Na het bezoeken van de rijstvelden zijn wij wezen lunchen bij cretya. Een restaurant met super mooie zwembaden die uitzicht hebben op de rijstvelden 😍. Als afsluiter heb ik mijn angst overwonnen op de Bali swing😬😁. Super gaaf maar zo eng haha. Wessel genoot er dan ook van om mij te zien op en afstappen van de schommel en heeft dit natuurlijk ook gefilmd.. dit deel ik maar niet 🙃.Read more

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Tegalalang, Banjar Tegallalang

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