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Published: December 28th 2019
Today we are doing some sightseeing with Wayan, but before we get started, we are treated to a wonderful breakfast from Uly delivered right to our porch. The food consisted of fresh local fruit including dragon fruit with beautiful bright purple flesh, along side a very different version of banana pancakes. As you can see from the picture, it is more like a dumpling with a banana covered in a green dough, which is colored by a local leaf (ground up and put in the dough). All were very yummy and a nice healthy way to start the day!
Our first stop with Wayan was to the Tirta Empul Water Temple, where a spring is bubbling up from the ground. It then feeds water spouts in a pool where people come to get cleansed by the holy water and get blessings, with each spout having a different meaning for the blessing (long life, prosperity, etc). Surrounding the pools are various sizes of temples that are used for worshiping and ceremonies, which Wayan explained from the Balinese Hindu perspective.
Next we stopped by a plantation that while focused on coffee, also grows many fruits and spices that are used on
Bali. We wandered on the paths and saw pineapples guava, nutmeg, various types of ginger, cacao and a wide variety of other plants. One of the unique coffees on Bali is the Luwak Coffee that is made from coffee beans that, ok get this….are harvested from the poop of the Civet a cat-like animal, which looks like a cross between a racoon and little bear. You gotta admit, who thinks this stuff up? I mean, who was the first person to look at their poop and say…”Hmmmm, let’s pull out those little berries and roast them for coffee”. Nevertheless, someone did and now it is one of the most expensive coffees in the world which was made famous in the Jack Nicholson/Morgan Freeman movie the Bucket List.
A young lady walked us through the process, I got to stir some beans and then we sat on a terrace over looking the jungle to do some tastings. There were about 15 different types of coffee or teas, with a place mat that explained each one and its restorative properties. They were all really tasty, with my favorite being the coconut coffee and Ken enjoying the regular coffee. We did have
a small cup of the “Cat-poo-chino”, which tasted like...coffee. For this activity there was no charge for the tasting or the tour, but we did exit the gift shop, where we did our part in supporting the family business!
Our last stop was to a local wood carving family, which is very much a part of the Ubud art scene. It was a small operation, where only the family did the carvings on various types of wood, including the local teak and mahogany brought in from Java. The rooms with the finished carvings were filled with ornate and very detailed carvings both small and large. We didn’t buy anything, but were happy to see the amazing art.
It was now time to head back to the guest house for our daily afternoon reading, nap and swim. For dinner, we walked into the little village to try out the Pesenatian Villas and Warung (café). We always smiled as the sign out front said “Voted #1 on Trip Advisor”. Well, with no other option in town, there wasn’t much competition! So, we wandered in to #1, as we nicknamed it and did have a nice dinner of noodles and pork
ribs, that had been recommended by Wayan. It was all very good, and had a nice view of the rice paddies as well as some really nice looking rooms. The walk back to the house was dark, but with our handy phone flashlights we easily navigated the long path through the rice patties back to the house.
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