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JATILUWIH, BALI - INDONESIA

UNESCO World Heritage Site - Home of more terraced rice fields that you can count!

sunny 40 °C

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The village of Jatiluwih (pronounced jah-til-away) is about 2hrs from Ubud. I just took a taxi there, cuz frankly I'm not on that tight a budget that I need to waste my day stuck on a hot crowded bus all day just to save a buck. Anyway you travel around in Asia is 100% cheaper than Canada. Plus I was still a tad jet lagged and wanted to sleep the ride there.
I can't remember the name of the hotel I stayed at, but this was the view from my terrace!!
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The orange building in the background was my hotel.
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I spent the entire morning walking around in the fields, watching the locals working, taking photos, and sweating. Lots of sweating!
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I walked to a lookout point over the entire valley! This place is just stunning! The terraces just keep going & going as far as the eye can see!
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I stopped for lunch at a little restaurant overlooking the terraced rice fields. A much needed break! Its more of a hike than a walk, as you have to climb up and down all the various levels of the terraces. I had some chicken fried rice that was served with a fried egg on top, some veggies, and whatever those white things were supposed to be. I thought they'd be rice crisps, but they had a fishy taste to them. Puke! I hate fish. When I asked what they were, I was told they were crackers. Lol, just a tad different than what we call crackers in Canada.
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Here's a couple views from the restaurant ...
You can carry anything on a motorbike!
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Even your whole family, lol!
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There were more bikes than cars
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Jackfruit
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Just as I was preparing to continue my walk/hike, a guy came by on his motorbike, blaring 'ice cream truck' music, and selling ice cream from a cooler strapped to the back, lol! Only $0.40 for a fudgsicle, although I'm sure I paid double cuz I'm a tourist. Oh well, its still 1/4 of the price at home, and was delicious :)
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After lunch I continued on in the opposite direction this time. I followed a path that led to this pretty little temple.
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Gate to the temple.
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Close-up of the rice.
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I had assumed all the little huts that could be seen throughout the fields were homes. Nope. I hiked down to one only to find out it was a hut for a cow! Every single hut had one cow in it.
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After a long day of hiking I showered, then picked up some snacks at a nearby store for my drive to Lake Bratan tomorrow. I got a bag of chips, a chocolate bar, and a 3pk of oreos all for only $0.54!!! I can feel myself getting fatter already, lol!

Posted by ChantelleS 13:31 Archived in Indonesia Tagged bali indonesia green rice field terrace asia Comments (0)

UBUD, BALI - INDONESIA

Monkeys, monkeys, monkeys!

sunny 40 °C

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So Bali is sooooOOOoooo fricken far from Canada, its ridiculous! It literally took 2 days to get there! I flew from Saskatoon to Minneapolis, which was only 1.5hrs, with a 5hr layover there. Then Minneapolis to Singapore 20hrs & 20min!!!!! TWENTY HOURS!!!!! I dont even know how I survived! I really, really dont! But it doesnt end there. I had a 7hr layover in Singapore, which I spent most of trying to sleep. And then one more flight, about 3hrs, to Bali, Indonesia. I finally arrived at 11am on Day 3. I hopped in a taxi and headed straight to Ubud. I dont know how long of a drive it was, cuz I fell asleep part way. I checked into the Ganesha Hotel for 1 night. Only $27 booked on Expedia ... it was great! King bed, a/c, tiled floors so shiny I could see my face in them, free wifi & breakfast, pool, etc. After 2 days of flying with nearly zero sleep, all I wanted to do was fall flat on my face and sleep for a week. But, I knew if I let myself sleep at 11am I'd be all mixed up, waking up in the middle of the evening. And so, I put a few things in my daypack, and walked 15min to Monkey Forest.
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This place did not disappoint! For under $2CAD, I saw more monkeys than I could dream of! Big monkeys, baby monkeys, fighting monkeys, grooming monkeys, and thieving monkeys! Monkeys, monkeys, monkeys! I thought I'd have to search for them, but they were literally everywhere. On the paths, in the trees, on the walls & statues, and even on the tourists!
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Before entering you can buy a bunch of little bananas to feed to the monkeys ... or you can just let them steal your bag and search for goodies! Or knock your water bottle out of your hand and proceed to twist the cap of and drink from it! Be warned ... do not bring in food you do not plan to share with them! They can smell it, even if its packaged, like a granola bar. They will follow you and take your bag. For real. Just dont bring in food. Dont do it. I had read this warning on someone else's blog, so I knew not to bring in food, but I did have a bottle of water with me. After I saw a monkey snatch someone else's, I put mine in my daypack and buckled it up. No monkey is stealing my stuff! Thieves!

Searching for food in a stolen purse
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Drinking water from a stolen bottle
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Trying to steal my glasses!!!
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Absolutely everything is covered in moss! Its so humid you can barely breathe, but I suppose thats part of why everything is so wonderfully green!
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Theres so many trails to follow. I was here for 4hrs! So get ready for a ton of monkey photos, lol!
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My favorite were the little babies! They were so active, running & playing & stealing bananas from one another, lol! Adorable!
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One trail led to a huge tree (Banyan I think), a bridge over a stream, and some green statues.
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At around 5pm I grabbed some lunch, or supper, I'm not sure really, my body was so jet lagged. I had noodles, thats all I remember, lol! Then I walked back to my hotel, showered and passed out til morning! Good night!

Posted by ChantelleS 12:32 Archived in Indonesia Tagged bali wildlife indonesia temple monkey green forest asia ubud Comments (0)

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