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Bali and Away

Friday 31st July 2015

sunny 29 °C

Our last few hours at the Chedi Club were really enjoyable and began with us going for an hour long walk with Bawanta through the rice fields that surround the hotel and then through the neighbouring village.

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The vivid greenness of the rice shoots makes the landscape look incredibly vibrant and the cyclical nature of the planting with three harvests a year in most instances mean that it is likely that several stages of planting to harvest will be seen. Bawanta explained the complicated and labour intensive process of growing the rice, the close planting to get then initial seedlings, then pricking out (back breaking work), removing the weeds that can grow and choke the rice and the need to come out to check the fields at night for eels (which get caught and then eaten).

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Other work includes the placing of offerings to ensure a good harvest and clearing out the massive amount of rubbish that seems to get dropped that could clog up the waterways. Much of this work, although not all is done communally.

Once in the village we were able to see some of the houses, with the separate buildings for adult children, parents, cooking and those for ceremonial uses. This village was known for its wood carving as is Bawanta's nearby, a trade that apparently returns quite a good income so the village was relatively affluent. He showed us some of the carvings, and the way in which some are painted and decorated with gold. The walk through the village took us past further rice fields where more planting was taking place, and then we were back at the hotel.

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We had arranged that we should go and have some breakfast before a driver was due to pick us up and take us for an hour or so into the main town of Ubud. We said our goodbyes to Bawanta and thanked him for his hard work and kindness, checked out and went on our way. Ubud was much larger than I thought it would be. We didn't have much time, but we where able to look round some of the shops and admire the architecture.

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I bought a little bit of jewellery which seemed very good value and had time for a quick beer before the journey to the airport to catch our flight.

There was time to have coffee and a quick look in the shops before making our way to the gate. We boarded the bus to take us to the plane, but it was not to be and after about 5 minutes we were all told that we would need to get off again. There were mutterings about a leak from the plane which didn't sound very reassuring. Fortunately after waiting about 30 minutes or so we were taken to another plane, past the one we were meant to be travelling on to see that they were still hosing down the Tarmac. The flight was uneventful after that, but by the time we reached Darwin and got through the complicated Australian checks and procedures we were getting pretty tired. We then had quite a long wait for a taxi, so were pretty glad when we arrived at our hotel and were able to relax in our apartment, which was going to be home for the next few days.

Posted by Gill's Travels 07:13 Archived in Indonesia Tagged buildings bali ubud

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