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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 22nd 2010

Day 19 – Nov. 17 What a great day. No more responsibilities. Andrea, Gloria, Made and I went exploring: 1. First we went to the archeological museum here in Bali. It is called Museum Archaeology Gedong Arca and features artifacts from the 8th century. (www.purbakalabali.com) 2. Then Klungkung, the ancient capital of Bali 3. Then to Pelangi village in the highlands (traditional weaving village). 4. Then we went to a little village in the valley (much protected and a great find -- the bee keeper and the village temple. 5. Then to Jimbaran for seafood. ... read more
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Klungkung City
Weavers Child

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 22nd 2010

Day 22 Nov. 20 I got up early and went out to see the dolphin boats go out. Meet some people from Norway for breakfast and then I will work on the blog and go shopping. Commentary 2: Marriage - One of the wonderful things our hosts in different places did for me personally was suggesting I needed an Indonesian wife. This was a grand gesture but I won big time the first time out and I don’t think I have any right to think I would be a big winner twice in life. Anyway, as they say, I don’t need a purse or nurse and why subject another human to my particular brand of crazy. Driving – The roads were originally goat paths. They may have paved them but they did not widen them. You ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 22nd 2010

Day 24 & 25 Nov. 22 & 23 Just waiting for Linda and Patt to get back from Hong Kong this evening and then we take off on the evening of the 23rd (actually 01:30 on Nov. 24). It will be good to get home but I hate to leave Bali. I will be buying some presents and taking a last walk down Monkey Forest Road. Commentary 3 Indonesia grows some of best coffee in the world and they do not have a clue as to how make a good cup of coffee. This is a tea drinking culture. Their coffee will not only blacken your teeth but it will also curl them. Two cups and you look like a warthog coming out of the bush. ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 21st 2010

A selamat pagi to everyone in year 3/4 Well, I just wanted to write and say a big thankyou to you all for your lovely messages wishing Jane and myself a happy wedding. We had a beautiful day on the Wednesday and a great party on the Saturday night. Although it did rain an awful lot and my backyard now looks like a mud-pit, it was a wonderful night and we had so much fun catching up with all of our friends and celebrating late into the night. After the wedding, we got on a plane and flew to Bali which is a small island in Indonesia. We arrived late at night and as we got off of the plane, we immediately noticed how hot and muggy it was. So we were waiting for our bags ... read more
Me in the pool with quite a nice view
Looking through a gate
Monkeys at the Sacred Monkey Forest

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 19th 2010

Ok, here goes folks! We're leaving on a big jet plane tonight and will be in transit for a looooonnng time. We'll try to send an update as soon as we land to let you know we're there safe. Ba bye! Mona & Deb... read more

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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 17th 2010

Day 9 Nov. 7 - Flight to Semarang –( Pronounced Samara with emphasizes on the second syllable.) We were met by our Semarang home stay hosts and stayed at Hotel Gumaya. The Hotel Gumaya is a 5 star hotel but we did not come to Indonesia to stay at a 5 star hotel, we can do that at home. The Semarang Friendship Force group wanted us to stay in Semarang. Meanwhile the FF Club of Yogyakarta had made arrangements to have a bus pick us up in the morning. There was no way I was going to get between our friends in Yogya and our friends in Semarang, so I made it very clear that they had to settle it even as Mt. Merapi was blowing its top. I was pretty sure that Dr. Adam, President ... read more
Lan, Kay & Jill
Presenting the Present
Merapi Ash 1

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 8th 2010

The ferry journey between Java and Bali was short but our boat took some time finding a docking platform. A myriad of ferries and cargo ships steamed out to all areas of the archipelago from Bali’s western harbour, Ketapang. The ferry eventually docked and I made my way through the throngs of aggressive touts to the bus station. I was bombarded with offers of private transport and onward tickets by a group that crowded round me but I made it to my destination eventually. The mid-day heat was incredibly oppressive making the crowd of touts even more annoying. These groups are all over Asia, making small commissions from the hotels, buses and taxis they try to ferry you into. Basically meaning you end up paying more. Despite the price being printed on the wall of the ... read more
Menjangan Beach
Storm Clouds above Bali
Ship to Shore

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 6th 2010

Day 5 - Day of the Cremation There are two ceremonial kings of Bali, one in Ubud and one in the northern part of the island. Indonesia is a republic, but some of the ruling families have retained inherited leadership symbolically. Burial tradition on Bali is to have a ceremonial cremation months after a person has died; the body is kept in the home until then. The burial area for royalty is a short distance from our hotel in Ubud. We went to the cremation ceremony of the northern king today. A kingly cremation only happens about once a decade. I am glad I went, but the next cremation I go to will be my own. The cremation was a short distance from our hotel in Ubud but we decided to take the cars to the ... read more
Cremation
Street Vendor
Day 5

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 6th 2010

Day 6 - Day of the rice terraces, temples and a drive in the country. Unbelievable! You must see the terraced rice fields. They go on as far as the horizon unless a purple mountain frames the view. The area we visited has applied to become a UNESCO World Heritage site. We had lunch at a nice hillside restaurant. They also sold herbs and coffee. One of the coffees was the type that passes through the weasel and costs a ton of money. Enjoy Paul’s pictures, but remember, no matter how wonderful the photos, they do not do justice to the beauty of Bali. At the second largest temple in Bali, we all (yes, men too) put on sarongs and scarves around their waists to be respectful. Our guide Made explained the symbolism of each building ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 6th 2010

Day 7 - Visit to Made’s compound and the Palace of Princess Atun Today was our cultural feast. I don’t know where to begin, how to describe or end my thoughts on today. Made invited us to his family compound which has been in his family for 7 generations. The whole extended family lives in the compound and the center of the compound is the family temple. Made spent an hour or two explaining the temple and then showed us some of his art. Paul loved one of Made’s larger paintings symbolizing the need for cooperation to resolve global warming. Spirituality and symbolism are really at the heart of Bali art. Made said the painting represented about 3 months work. We then went to his village temple which is 2000 years old. Late in the afternoon ... read more
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