In Ubud, Bali
17.03.2012 - 18.03.2012 30 °C
So we've made our way from Kuta and the beach into the central part of Bali and a town called Ubud. We're actually outside of Ubud and found a gorgeous little place to stay. They've got bikes for us to cycle around and we'll likely take a cooking course here too. Should be three nice days of relaxing here! Its nice to be away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist town!
We met the folks that runs this place. She's from Bali and he's from Holland. He even spent a fair amount of time in Windsor so knows the area well. Pretty neat!
After settling in, we went for a walk and went to the monkey forest. Its an open forest with temples that's just full of monkeys. They wander up to you and you can feed them bananas and they'll even hold your hand. Its in a beautiful setting with natural waterfalls, canyons and temples. A very amazing experience.
At night we went to a traditioanl Balinese fire dance performance. About 100 people involved and full out costumes, etc. They acted out some Balinese legends and some cool chants. Each of the dances is designed to ward of evil spirits. They're also preparing for the "day of silence" where the whole island shuts down. They even close the airport and no one is allowed to go out. They have big celebrations leading up to it and are preparing giant statues for parades.
Tomorrow we're borrowing bikes and will go out to the rice paddies and in the afternoon we have a cooking class at our homestay.