My Bucket List Got Shorter Thanks to Bali
Sandra Thursday, August 28, 2014
Another day another Bali related blog post. On the 4th of August, there was a lot of driving involved, about eight hours I think, as we went to the other side of the island. Bali is not big, but the traffic and the roads are so bad that you move about four times slower as you would in Europe. As always, we first stopped at some rice fields, where we finally had the opportunity to see how the rice looks like before they harvest it. It actually looks a lot like wheat, which for some reason I didn't expect at all.
Our next stop was a place where they produce kopi luwak coffee, the most expensive coffee in the world. It is very special, because these cute little animals called luwak eat the coffe beans, and when they poop them out, people collect and roast them. The beans, not the animals, of course. And this is how the kopi luwak coffee is made. Lol. Very interesting, isn't it? A lot of people ask me if it's really as good as it is expensive, but I'm not the right person to be asked this question, as I don't drink coffee and all types taste disgusting to me, haha. The only type of coffee I did like, was the vanilla coffee I tried at the coffee & tea tasting that came at the end of the kopi luwak 'experience'.
When it was time for lunch, we drove to the volcano. There are three active volcanoes in Bali and I'm pretty sure we saw all of them that day, but the one we had lunch next to is called Gunung Batur. I think. Indonesian names are so hard for me to remember! The lunch was really yummy, we ate traditional food and enjoyed the views.
And then something amazing happened. I was able to cross 'swimming with dolphins' off of my bucket list! Dolphines are one of my favourite animals. They look ridiculously cute and are absolute sweethearts. I wish I could take one home with me! No, really, I'm gonna have a dolphin one day, trust me. I'm already planning to trick my dad into building a pool for it. Actually no, I think I would rather have a house by the beach so that my cute little dolphin could swim in the ocean. And me along with it.
Visiting a market was on our to-do list as well. We tried some never-before-seen fruit there, bought some spices and continued our way to the nearby temple.
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple is located on the Bratan lake, 1200 meters above the sea level. When we arrived there, there was a lot of fog and it all looked very mysterious. Once the prayers started, it felt like we were thrown into a horror movie. I was probably the only person who thought that, but the sound of their prayers really freaked me out every time I heard it. I recorded some of it in the vlog below, so that you can listen to it too. So eery!