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Days 2-9: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Monkey Forest, Spanish Cafe, Fanta, Biking, Broken Bottoms, Boohoo, Temples, Elephants, Museums, Silversmithing, Hiking...

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We slept, woke up, we ate breakfast. It came in a leaf. We were picked up and driven an hour away to our next hostel. Our room overlooks beautiful rice paddies. Our first mission was for Paige to pull out money since her card had declined her the night before. Then Paige realizes she threw her card in the garbage. Seriously. We didn't realize we'd haveta wait so long for her new card to get here.

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We ate at a place called the yoga barn. Delicious!

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We walked to the Monkey Forest. Turns out monkeys really like me. We bought some bananas. Paige was easily robbed of her bananas two minutes into the forest.

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Monkey Forest: 10

We stopped into a Spanish café for a juice when it poured rain for 12 minutes.

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For dinner we ate at an Italian restaurant and had pizza and pasta. … also delicious. After dinner we bought wine that tasted like sweet, alcoholic Fanta.

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We biked like 240398 miles one day. On bicycles. My butt area is not good now. But we went to the Antonio Blanco Museum which had a lot of naked Balinese girl paintings.

Blanco Museum: 9

We checked out the Neka Art Museum in Campuan, which had a lot of recent works in modern and traditional styles.

Neka Museum: 8

We went to a heron/egret roost where there were thousand of birds everywhere in Petulu. We had some ribs and curry and burritos and quesadillas and sangria. Woo!

Heron/Egret Roost: 9.5

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I accidentally deleted what I typed, so this'll be short. Using an iPad as a computer has its pitfalls. Like using websites totally sucks. Anyway...

We hired a driver for a few days. A few bucks a day; it's the way to go. We went on a long walk through rice paddies and jungle and we saw a bunch of things. Geckos, bats, frogs, toads, sun skinks, swallows, swifts, egrets, herons, St. Andrew's Cross Spiders, dragonflies, damselflies, beetles, stinkbugs, red ants, bumble bees, millipedes, caterpillars, butterflies, wasps, fish, chickens, dogs, cats, etc. We ate a lot of fruits and vegetables along the way, most I don't remember the names of. Durian sucks, BTW.

We went to this awesome bird/reptile park. It had over 250 species of birds alone, and about 99% were indigenous. I was in a bird show, and some hawks swooped in and took some meat off my head. Ouch. The aviaries were mostly open so the birds could just kinda fly around. We played with some tortoises and iguanas, too.

Nature Walk: 9/10
Bird/Reptile Park: 10/10

We checked out some Pura in Bedulu and Pejeng like Penataran Sasih, Pusering Jagat, Kebo Edan, and Samuan Tiga. There were some yoni/lingam and a cock fighting plaza. Samuan Tiga had huge trees and a river and no one was there. Nice for just exploring. Cool plants, and I saw some big geckos. The archaeology museum was closed, but we saw a few things.

Yeh Pulu had some 14th century Hindu cliff carvings. We hiked through jungles, rice paddies, and neighborhoods to get to Goa Gajah, the Elephant Cave. It's from the 11th century and had some old Hindu and Buddhist statues.

We ate some Indian food and got some massages. 7USD/hr. Not bad, right?

Goa Gajah: 8.5/10
Yeh Pulu: 8/10
Pura Penataran Sasih, Pusering Jagat, and Kebo Edan: 7/10
Pura Samuan Tiga: 8.5/10
Archaeology Museum: ???/10

We went to some more temples. First, Pura Saraswati. Saraswati is the "patron saint" of Ubud since she's the goddess of learning and culture, and Ubud is the city of art. It was her holiday on Saturday, so everyone wore traditional clothes and made offerings to her. Everywhere in Ubud is undergoing renovations or something, so Pura Marajan Agung was closed.

The Puri Lukisan Museum was pretty cool and so was the Agung Rai Museum. They both had a lot of art (and we've officially seen a shit-load of art now in Ubud) and a sweet orchid collection. Mostly Denubium and Phalaenopsis. They give you free drinks after you're done looking at everything at the nice museums here.

We saw a dance at the palace which was pretty cool and interesting. It's like slow popping with an emphasis on the motion of their eyes and fingers. They had a little orchestra of traditional instruments, too. I like the deep, metal gongs and gamelans.

And we ate some pizzas and penne. :)

Pura Taman Saraswati: 9/10
Pura Marajan Agung: ???/10
Museum Puri Lukisan: 9/10
Agung Rai Museum of Art: 9.5/10
Legong Dance: 8.5/10

The Elephant Park

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Water Temple

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Nature (Bird?) Walk

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Delicious!

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Photos from our jungle trek today

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We went to the Elephant Safari Park in Taro. There're 21 elephants there which used to be working elephants in Sumatra, and four of them are babies. They had a lot of open space and jungle area to hang out in. We saw a little show, and it was cool, because they don't prod and hit them. And we got to feed and play with them. But there were still people riding them, and they kept some of them chained.

We went to two areas with holy springs and temples in Tampaksiring, Tirta Empul and Gunung Kawi. It's a holy day today for their deity of knowledge, so everyone is out and wearing traditional clothes. People bathe in this water and pray for success in school. We saw some 7m stone carvings dating back to about the 14th century. I found a Russian girl's purse which had like 500USD and her new iPhone. She's lucky...!

We went to a Botanic Garden which was undergoing remodeling, but they let us in for half price. It should've been free. Looks like no one's done any maintenance on this place in years.

The Museum Rudana was pretty sweet. It cost like 100,000 rupiah, but it was worth it. They gave us sarong and free drinks. Some works dated to the 1840s, but they had some of the best local modern works we've seen so far.

We ate a three course meal with like 40 different Indonesian foods.

Elephant Safari Park: 9/10
Tirta Empul and Gunung Kawi: 7.5/10
Botanic Garden: 1/10
Museum Rudana: 9.5/10

Today we took a silver class. The teacher gave us no instructions. Here's some silver, here's some tools, go. The entire class took a few hours. I wish the teacher told me to try something a bit easier for a beginner level, but Ernie's ring turned out great!

Chez Monique Silver-crafting: 9.5/10

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We woke up at 2AM to hike up Ganung Batur, one of the highest peaks in Bali. It's about 1.7km. It was a nice climb, and we kinda saw the sunrise. Kinda. There were some low-hanging clouds. But we got to see a ton of monkeys and volcanic vents. It's a pretty active volcano still. We also saw a luwak (a kind of SE Asian civet) and a porcupine!

AND WE RESOLVED ALL THE ISSUES WITH OUR STUPID BANKS IN KOREA AND CANADA. AND IT WAS GOOD.

Ganung Batur: 9/10

Posted by ErnieLG 07:19 Archived in Indonesia

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