Bali Part 2
Trip Start Jan 28, 2008
42Trip End May 27, 2008
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What I said happened on the 18th was really only the 17th. My brain must be on holiday mode as when I count back I can't figure out how we did so much on one day. Well anyways one of those days we (including Sam as in Samantha from Brisbane Australia areas) started off early determined to find more shops including the actual artisans which we directed to by this gay couple from Hawaii. They had purchased some large limestone statues and arranged to have them shipped. $20 for the carving and $250 for the shipping. These are terrific works of art that would go for several hundreds of dollars at home if you could get them. We passed through the next village to the resort (this one specializing in wood carving). We learned later that this village uses softer woods which while still exquisite are easier to carve and therefore not worth as much. We picked up one souvenir and ordered another for pickup later in the day. We had been told to hang a right and follow the road through the rice paddies to the village where the young painter artists work
We booked a tour to take in the volcanoes and the temples along the way. 7 hours for $55 which we might have had for $30 if we'd dealt directly with any one of the people along the street offering "Transport" however we were pleased with our driver who had been driving tours for 10 years and knew his stuff. The first stop, not far from the resort was the Elephant Caves temple built in the 18 hundreds into the side of a cliff for the local royal family. Bali had several kingdoms in its small size. To enter we first had to buy a sarong. Yes Paul now proundly wears a skirt. Later we visited a larger temple dedicated to the god Vishnu (the destroyer) but also the god of water . Busloads of people including local school groups were there washing their various sins out under the various water spouts. There was a long line up at one spigot but I don't know what sin it was for. I don't think it was for lust as the people seem to be very modest in their dress and no peeping toms except for the tourists when the men or the boys bathe au naturelle in the river below the hotel. Again the rains came (early afternoon most days) so we skipped the ½ to 1 hour walkabout at the Mother Temple (first and largest in Bali) next to the volcano crater and went instead to a plantation with samples of all the native trees and shrubs, sampled their teas and coffees, and bought some teas for our driver. We also went to an al fresco restaurant buffet overlooking the rice fields
Good Friday - started off again with plans to see the sunset. We started packing for a 9 a.m. start the next day and generally relaxed. I recognized snippets of french from 2 couples and learned through their broken English and my fading French that they were from Lac St. John. They seemed pleased to be able to find someone with whom they could speak French and I was pleased that I hadn't forgotten it all. I've picked up a few Balinese words including something that sounds like "sin can can" which means the same as the Aussie expression, "No worries".