Taman Harum Cottages
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Today we stayed at the cottages, Karl and I had a massage each, and Lauren and I also got a manicure and pedicure each.
We followed this up with some swimming in the pool and a few drinks before dinner time in the restaurant, then early night in.
We booked a few things to do in the coming days at the front tour desk today as well.
We got our shuttle man to take us up to Ubud, and the markets. We visited the Temple just next door to the markets, and looked inside. We looked around the shops for a while, then walked our way down to the Monkey Forest. Liam and lauren bought some bananas from the lady at the gate to feed the monkeys, thinking the bananas would last a while …
We woke up bright and early to the sound of our local roosters - and there are a lot of roosters in this village! The men of the village adore their roosters, which they use for cock fighting in the evenings. Partially this is to do with Balinese Hinduism rites, which include a blood sacrifice offering from the rooster that loses the fight; and partially it is just for sport and gambling. The latter is illegal, though, ...
... on the strip.
We stayed in an area called Kuta, which is by al accounts the hairy ******** of Bali, at least by my thinking anyway. For once our Lonely Planet book seemed to loosely correlate with our thinking, and characterised Kuta as "a ghetto within Bali, overpopulated by Australians who just want to get wasted" Nice eh. Well, despite being a ghetto of sorts, at least we could find a bottle of wine at 1am, and savoured the taste as we sat and talked in a bar – ...
... why this is called a rainforest and why it's so lush and green. Sometimes the rain was accompanied by impressive thunder and lightning.
This may be the first time that I’ve actually been ready to go home at the end of a trip. This is not my native climate, and I yearn for coolness. A long list of To Do’s awaits me at home, and I have only a couple of months until my next travels begin. (If I receive a group photo from Boris I'll add it ...