Eat Pray Love and Animal Poo coffee!!

Trip Start Mar 25, 2011
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Sunday, September 18, 2011

The alarm goes off at 6am this morning and Carmen and I get ready and have breakfast before our 7.30am pick up.

Our driver Manny is just adorable and he drives us to South East Ubud where we are meeting the spiritual medicine man Ketut Liyer who starred in Eat Pray Love the movie starring Julia Roberts as Elizabeth Gilbert.At 32 years old, Elizabeth Gilbert was educated, had a home, a husband, and a successful career as a writer. However, she was unhappy in her marriage and often spent the night sleeping on her bathroom floor. After separating from her husband and initiating a divorce.Afterwards, while writing an article on yoga vacations in Bali, Elizabeth Gilbert met a ninth-generation medicine man who told her she would one day come back and study with him. After finalizing her difficult divorce, She spent the next year traveling around the world. The trip was paid for in advance with a book deal from the publisher.She spent four months in Italy, eating and enjoying life ("Eat"). She spent three months in  India, finding her spirituality ("Pray"). She ended the year in Bali, looking for "balance" of the two and found love ("Love") in the form of a dashing Brazilian factory owner.

Although I was never a fan of the movie it was still something that both Carmen and I wanted to do.

Unfortunately it is not something that can be booked... you arrive and take a number and hope you are seen sooner rather than later as Ketut will only see about 25 people a day.

We originally had the number 8 but was then given 5 and 6 before we were actually seen earlier as numbers 2 and 3 didn't  arrive as sometimes guides will send drivers to take a number and not have tourists wanting to see him.

The home of Ketut is beautiful with various rooms, temples and his sacred holy house.. there are loads of birds and small waterfalls which makes a beautiful setting. Its just like the movie.

After the first two people it was now my turn.... you sit on the floor of his holy house where Ketut reads your face, palm, back and legs.

Ketut tells me I am pretty, that I am smart and will be rich and successful!  That I had strong energy.... he asks me how old I am... I tell him 37 and he laughs and says no 27!!! 

He says I will marry at 39 and have two children (I hope he is very very wrong about that!)

Sitting with Ketut is a very moving and spiritual experience, he is a very sweet and kind man even his toothless smile is somewhat comforting....

He tells me I should write to him in the future and tell him my news....

The feeling of meeting him and seeing Bali has added to an already amazing journey of self discovery and one that has added inner peace and balance. Bali is an amazing country where you can relax, unwind, feel calm and loose yourself in the beauty.

Carmen then went next and again felt a sense of well being and calmness surrounding by positive energy.

A truly wonderful experience for the both of us.

Our driver then asked if we had tried Luwak...Kopi luwak, or civet coffee, is one of the world's most expensive and low-production varieties of coffee. It is made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asia Palm Civet, then passed through its digestive tract.  A civet eats the berries for their fleshy pulp. In its stomach, protelytic enzymes seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Passing through a civet's intestines the beans are then defecated (polite description!), keeping their shape. After gathering, thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness, widely noted as the most expensive coffee in the world.

Before we tried it or decide to try it we first enjoyed several teas and coffees such as Lemon peel, ginger spice, mocha, Bali coffee, ginseng, vanilla coffee.  It was then time for Arak which is a clear, colorless, unsweetened anise flavoured alcoholic drink. Arak is also a liquor (generally >100 proof) found throughout Indonesia that is distilled from tuak, a sweet wine made from the coconut palm flower... the taste was smooth although I still prefer my G&T's!!

SO now do we try this expensive coffee that an animal similar to a raccoon and also known as a Toddy cat due to its features.... Of course we do... were in Bali!!  It is served in a small cup which you taste first and then use the cinnamon stick to stir.... the taste is coffee and if you don't think about where it came from it tastes OK.. the guy was full of knowledge and I'm glad we both were able to taste it... thanks to our driver for his little detour.

He then asked if we would like to go to a village and see silver jewelery being made, this was OK but the prices were high and the staff just follow you up and down which I find to off putting.

We then headed back to Sanur where we asked the driver to drop us at the Glasshouse for lunch... we both gave him a tip and his face just lit up!  It was a nice feeling and we gave him the equivalent to 5 days pay.... he was so genuine and nice ..... he deserved it,

After lunch we headed back into the market before catching the alternative transport back to the hotel... you have to be lazy sometimes... a small van with low seating.... its an experience!!

Back at the hotel and we watched a bit of Eat Pray Love and we now able to see Bali that we had also experience...
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