Road Trip with our Balinese Friends
Trip Start Sep 17, 2011
20Trip End Oct 07, 2011
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We woke early, before first light, and spent several minutes trying to determine what time it was exactly by flipping through TV channels. It was a relief to discover that it was 5:30 a.m., not the middle of the night. The sky soon lightened, and our first full day began. We spent the first part of the morning laying around and staring into space while sucking down instant coffee in an attempt to wake up our confused bodies. Going through 14 time zones really takes it out of a person! However, after a huge complimentary breakfast in the restaurant, we felt much more normal.
Shortly after noon, Made (pronounced MAH-day) picked us up in his borrowed car for an afternoon of sightseeing. Lasmi (LAHS-mi) and Wahyu (nicknamed Bule--BOO-lay) came along for the ride as well. Lasmi held their son on her lap for the duration, and I remember her doing the same thing last time we visited them
Next stop, lunch! We stopped at an open air restaurant called Ye Ye's (pronounced yay-yays) for a bite
After lunch, we continued south along the coast and visited another beach. The name of this one escapes me. We never actually saw the beach because to reach it, one had to descend numerous steep, irregularly built staircases which snaked down a cliff face. There were no guardrails or anything else to stop one from falling over the edge. One false move and your vacation (and possibly your life) could be over. Built into the cliffside all the way down were little store fronts filled with cheap trinkets and touts, which we were aware of but didn't look at because we were so intent on watching our footing. Lasmi brought up the rear, all the while carrying Bule. I don't know how she did it. We only made it about halfway down, in the blazing sun, at one point getting large whiffs of raw sewage emanating from who knows where, before turning around and climbing back out of there
Back in the car, the AC was cranked and quickly dried the accumulated sweat. We looped back to the north and then east toward Nusa Dua. We stopped at a local supermarket called Hardy’s and got a fresh supply of Bintang and other goodies. We then headed into the rush hour traffic consisting of mostly motorbikes for a short distance, turned off the main road and arrived at Made and Lasmi’s home.
About a year and a half ago, Made made the transition from renter to home owner. His little house is within a very picturesque neighborhood of nearly identical homes, all with ornately carved gates along the front entrances. Their home also features a raised bale (BAH-lay) outside the front porch as well as several carved stone altars for making offerings. Inside, the house consists of just a few small rooms. When we arrived, Made's Mom was sitting in the bale from which hung several large bundles of offering baskets which she and Lasmi had been constructing for an upcoming baby naming ceremony. Made placed a big mat on the front porch, which we sat on after removing our shoes. We then proceeded to look at photo albums, drink hot Balinese coffee, and also spread out the toys we'd brought for Bule so that he could examine and play with them
A while later, it was time for Bill and I to depart back to Jimbaran, so after a brief drive, Made deposited us back here and we made our goodbyes. He did say he had Thursday off from work and wanted to take us (including Mike, who will be joining us soon) for another drive around the countryside.
All in all, a fun and interesting day! Tomorrow we're on our own and plan to do some explorations of the Jimbaran area on foot.