Sunday, March 1, 2015

2/12/15 Day 392 Exploring Balinese Spirit By Motorbike

We managed to bargain one of the guys on Poppies 2 (the backpacker alley) down to 35,000 rupiah a day for two bikes, for three days. Seeing the real Bali beyond Kuta was the only inspiration to warrant a stop on the most touristed of Indonesian islands; time for us to explore Bali a bit beyond the polluted views from Kuta beach. It is silly we forgot to pack raincoats it is still the wet season after all, but the sun was shining and the day was hot, no need no worries. We put on our helmets and covered our bikinis so we would look less like tourists and more like expats whom the local police do not target as regularly for the international drivers license check and inevitable fine which could cost anywhere from 5,000-500,000 rupiah depending on the mood of the polisi. We cruised out of Kuta, on through Denpasar and towards Ubud, the granola capital of the island, with vegans and yogis ruling the streets. We stopped at a coffee farm for a tour and samples and were delighted with the sweet teas on offer, especially the mangosteen! We did not try the 4$ taster glass of lewak coffee as the industry is an unsustainable one and I feel bad for the adorable critters, they are treated like factory farmed animals for the sake of consumerism and fad food trends. We did however take time to meet the farm's iguana and adorable fruit bat mingling near the tasting room. 
The rain started heavy long before we reached Pura Ulun Danube Beratan, the temple on the lake and we were thoroughly chilled when we finally did arrive. We took the private and free entrance to the north side of the temple by the next door resort to ensure we wouldn't be paying admission or parking fees and worked on warming up our bodies as we admired the beautiful Hindu temple. The whole island of Bali is primarily Hindu and evidence is everywhere. Canang Sari is an offering of gratitude that local Balinese Hindus prepare and set out three times a day; made of reed grass, crackers, cookies, candies and fruits they light incense and set them in doorways, sidewalk corners and all over the beaches. At the end of the day they have all been trampled and run over but nevertheless it is an important tradition practiced in Bali. 

Roadside petrol fill from Absolut bottles
Buddhas and more

Coffee berries, not yet ripe and red
Sleepy little lewak
Fresh lewak droppings
Just frying up some lewak poo
Tea/coffee tasting for free
Guard iguana
Fruit bat adorableness 

Lunch time spent hiding from the downpour
Pura Ulun Danube Beratan the Hindu temple on the lake 

Motorbiking front pack cuties
Green rice paddies for days
Almost to Ubud
Hindu procession in Ubud
Hindu procession on the beach in Kuta
Lighting the incense offering
A typical Balinese Hindu offering, Canang Sari

Almost home with Julie at the caboose

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