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Bali: Exploring the green

10/05/2017

And hello guys! Are you ready for some exploring? It’s been a month now since we’ve been to Bali and it is only now that I have the time to dig into pictures. But one thing I can tell you – it is really fun to look back to all the good memories and experiences… and I want more of those!

So as I have mentioned before, first days we stayed in Ubud – the jungle of Bali, the greenery of Bali, the heart of Bali! And as we had only a couple of days there, we wanted to see as much as possible.

Our plan to see places went something like this:

  • Pura Luhur Batukaru (temple)
  • Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
  • A coffee plantation for the world’s most expensive coffee – Kopi Luwak… Others might refer to it as a ”poop” coffee, haha (and it actually is). I was excited for this one, until after the trip I did a bit of research on it. But keep with me here 😉
  • Tegenungan Waterfall –  (spoiler alert – we did not have the time to get there – it started raining like crazy, and we had another location to visit).
  • Tegalalang Rice Terraces

We hired a driver for a day (around 10h – it cost us 700 000 IDR / 53$ – for 4 people – maybe a bit expensive, but as it was last minute, I would say a good price ;)), and went on our little adventure. What excited me the most was all the greenery! Palms, banana trees, rice fields – in such a soothing green color that I could not stop watching. My eyes were longing for something like this after a very long and grey winter.

First stop – Pura Luhur Batukaru – ”one of Bali’s key temples, located at the foot of namesake Mount Batukaru. At an altitude of 2,270m above sea level on the second highest peak in Bali after Mount Agung, the temple is surrounded by cool natural forests, providing a pleasant sightseeing stopover for nature lovers. ” 

As we have never traveled East before (we – me and my husband), and haven’t had the chance to see other cultures and religions that is very different to ours, it was a really nice experience! All the ceremonies and rituals that they do, the way they dress and prepare for the day – something not to be missed. Oh, and the locals are very friendly, too- it was the first time that I asked someone to pose for the picture, and they had no issues with that.

The beautiful people of Bali.

Yep, even guys have to wear sarongs. But they look cute, don’t they? :))

Oh, hi there! We could not resist the combo of this tree, the reflections and the beauty of this girl 😛

These two Balinese men were very eager to have a picture taken, and even asked to see it afterwards. They were happy with the result 😉

After the temple, we went to visit Jatiluwih Rice Terraces – a truly spectacular place. You will find the largest and most picturesque expanse of paddies in Bali and perhaps the whole of Indonesia here. It’s only a pity we had  limited time. I would have loved to explore more of it – take a walk , enjoy the nature, breathe in and relax. Believe me, there is nothing more you would want to do – just relax.

This place is a must visit on your trip to Bali – and I would suggest spending the whole day (or at least a half of it) there.

The vastness of the rice fields! I miss it already. But I hope we will be back for more. We have to.

So this is it for this part. I decided to split the blog in 2 parts, and it will come later this evening. It is impossible to pack everything in one post! 😀

Love, V.

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  • Reply Bali: exploring the green – pt. 2 – Viktorija Gedrimiene 10/05/2017 at 21:22

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