Again with the scooters

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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Hutama homestay

Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Friday, January 21, 2011

We started our day with a complimentary breakfast on our little porch at our homestay, which consisted of a toasted banana sandwich (delicious), a plate of fresh friut, and a colunder full of of very good tea to wash it down with. After we finished eating we rented a motorbike from a fellow next door for about $5(CAN) for the day and set off to see the sites.

We started by trying to find a homestay we had read about, yup the same one as the day before. However after a half hour of driving back and forth down the same roads we decided to give up, you just can't win them all huh. So we decided to go see a temple (Tirta Empul) that was about 10-13km north of the city, after some amazing pothole manuevering by me (James, aaaah thank you very much) we found out that we had past the turn some time back when we stopped to ask for directions, so we turned around. When we stopped to ask directions for a second time we were told that we had gone past it AGAIN (by this time I was getting pretty good at making u-turns). When we finally got to the right road we realized we had already been down it once and figured it wasn't right so we turned around (rookie mistake). After finally finding the temple we went in and looked around a bit and found a huge pond filled with the biggest coi on the planet (or we thought at least). Jackie took some good pictures of them while I peppered them with fish food.

Inside the temple there is a communal bathing area and Jackie got some pictures of people bathing in the water (I know what your thinking and yes she has some sick hobbies). When we were all done eating and taking pictures we left the temple and headed to another one on the other side of Ubud called Goa Gojah, or the Elephant Caves.

This temple was a little more interesting, at the end of all the buildings was a little trail that a small man with bad teeth pointed out to us. We walked down it for quite some time and started to get a little nervous and felt like around any turn we would wander into some strange forest cereomny or something we weren't suppose to be wandering into. Then finally we ran into a woman who showed us, and another girl, down the trail to where there was a temple built into the side of the cliff and was half filled with rushing river water. The only way to get there though was to cross a rickety bamboo bridge and scale over some damn slippery rocks, but the pictures turned out so it was worth it. When we headed back towards the parking lot we got lost again and had to backtrack a bit.

It felt amazing to be on the bike again with the wind cooling the torrents of sweat we had accumulated. We returned the bike, had a shower and headed out for supper. We ate at a little restaurant where they just pack you in like cattle. Even though it took a while to get our food it was awsome and we planned to go back again.
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