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Showed up at the right time!

So one day a year the Balinese hold a festival called Nyepi. The day itself is not that exciting - in fact its the opposite. It's a day of silence and fasting. They close the airport, guards make sure no one is in the streets. Not a great day to be a tourist.

What is exciting, however, are the preparations! They do big parades in the street, such as this

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Where they head to the beach for purification ceremonies. Actually headed there next.

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It's pouring rain here, which is actually good luck, since its the water god they're going to at the beach. In addition to the parades, the have traditonal music ceremonies at every temple and they build ogo-ogos. As I type this I'm hearing their traditional music in the streets as they parade to the beach.

These Ogo-ogos are essentially ogres. They're 10-12 foot tall grotesque statues of gods, dragons, creatures with many arms and fur and you name it - I think the one essential element is that they're grotesque. We've seen them building these ogo-ogos all over town. (I'll try to snap a photo or two) Next, they'll have a parade and competition with their ogo-ogos and then burn them!

So while they weather may suck for surfing, there's lots of cool culture going on here at the moment.

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A few pictures from Bali

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Raining in Kuta

We've made our way back to Kuta, on the South Westish coast of Bali. We were hoping to get a chance to get out surfing, but at the moment its grey, rainy and windy. Kind of yucky.

The place we're staying had potential and isn't too expensive, but the closer we look, its rather run down, the TV is broken and the internet doesn't work :).

Last night was a bit of a bust too. We have a restaurant in Waterloo called Bhima's Warung. They used to have a sister restaurant just a few kilometers from where we are here and we thought we'd eat there. So we walked on over and even with a map, a street address and asking for directions no one had any clue where it was. Kind of annoying, so we just ate somewhere else. At least we tried.

We got to try Indonesia's other beer, called Bali Hai

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Not as good as Bintang, but still not bad.

Ick, its started to rain again. We'll see what today turns into - not looking too exciting so far...

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A few pics from Tiing Gading

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Adding Bali to the "will return someday" list!!

Wow! What a place! I'm in taste bud heaven! The food is amazing!

We had a great day today! As Dave wrote, it's so nice to be away from the tourists in Kuta, and especially so after a week in party town Phuket. This morning, we borrowed the bikes available to the visitors here at the guest house and rode for miles! We left the village and went out into the country, through a couple of other villages and out to the rice paddies. Such a gorgeous countryside...neat, rectangular rice paddies stepped into the countryside surrounded by palm trees. Everything is green and lush. We came back into Ubud but stopped to watch some preparations for ceremonies ahead of next week's silent day. Then, we headed for the market where we may have done a little shopping! ;)

After our day out, we returned to the guest house and jumped in the pool to cool off...it's hot and very humid here!

Tonight, we had a private cooking class with Siti (the wife) while Allen (the husband) joined us just to chat! We made soup, a spicy fish dish that gets steamed in banana leaf, gado gado, a spicy vegetable salad and deep fried bananas with honey, coconut and lime. All was delicious, and yes, I have the recipes and a few tricks! We had a lovely evening of conversation with Siti and Allen as well. Allen has traveled extensively over the years, so he has many stories to share.

All in all, a fabulous day. Tomorrow we return to the coastal town of Kuta to spend a few more days. If the weather and waves cooperate, we may do some surfing. We also connected to Fei Fei and Tudor in Singapore and are very much looking forward to seeing them later in the week!

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