The constant traffic is so different from peaceful Gili Air! We saw advertising for Eco Bali Touring - on bicycles! - and thought this would be a great way to see Bali without so much tourism in the way. Bali's culture is kind of buried in the shops and restaurants. Here's a link to the tour we took, the description is very accurate.
Then we stopped at a plantation and learned about growing and processing coffee, especially this special coffee which starts off by having civets (a cat-like creature) eat the coffee beans, which are then "processed" and gathered from the forest floor, cleaned, separated, and roasted. They say this coffee is $30/cup in Europe? We had a cup for $3.00.
Roasting the beans
Tasting the coffee. And sampling more. We had Ginseng coffee, hot chocolate, "female" coffee (uses the "female" beans), Arabica coffee, ginger tea, lemon grass tea.
We also sampled fruits: salak, passion fruit, mango, papaya. Then, after a visit to the gift shop, we were taken to our bikes and we started riding.
First stop. This mosque is preparing for a celebration, there's a list of events, the decorations are up.
The men are preparing the chicken satay. Those baskets are full of chicken bits, the men are threading them onto sticks.
|Inside a family compound. This is their temple.|
|This is Joe, we're stopping at a rice paddy.|