since we’ve been in ubud ….
we went trekking through a village called tengkulak (where our friend july lives). we saw temples, rice fields, met july’s family, hung out with children in the street. we went to a coffee plantation and got to drink samples of different teas and coffees. learned about luwak coffee (kopi luwak). one of the most expensive types of coffee in the world. you definitely need to read about it – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopi_Luwak
we went to the monkey forest … they are crazy! the babies are sooo cute! one monkey almost climbed onto christy’s backpack. we also went to a really beautiful rice terrace. bali is busy … and loud! but also extremely beautiful in some areas. some things that come to mind when i think of bali … chickens roaming around, wild monkeys, chaotic roads and horns honking, motorbikes, temples, religion, luwak coffee, rice terraces, people begging for money, people hassling you to buy things, sarongs, wood carvings, friendly people, children wanting to give you a high five, kids flying kites, elephants, bright colors, rice and noodles, humidity. oh … and the best massage i’ve ever had!
not that i need to make you any more jealous than you already might be, but i do need to tell you about our spa experience. for about $45 we got a full body massage, exfoliating body scrub, rose petal bath, tea and fruit, facial, manicure, pedicure, hair wash and conditioning treatment. need i say more?
today we went on a bicycle tour. it was so great! we road bikes around ubud for a few hours … really beautiful! thankfully we didn’t get hit by any cars or motos! and it was so nice to get exercise. we started near a lookout for agung volcano. such an amazing site … the volcano, the lake, the sun and clouds. most of the ride was downhill but there was flat ground and some uphills as well. it was a really enjoyable experience and if you ever go to bali you should do it!