BALI - Inland to avoid the chaps at the beach
Trip Start Sep 10, 2010
98Trip End Feb 19, 2011
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Today we hired a moped and went about 30km north; interesting scenery, lots of small unusual temples and great people running small road side shacks dishing up the most amazing food for almost nothing. Today we found two selling a whole pig - it was cooked in the same way they cook the baby pigs in Segovia Spain, and was fantastic
En route back to town we took in Monkey Forest which is, rather obviously, a forest with lots of monkeys. They are not really tame, something like the Apes in Gibraltar but more fun. It’s a very small area - nothing to write home about, pesky little over fed beasts who are at least entertaining as they chase tourists who are trying to hide food - these monkeys are smart and never miss the scent of food.
We then had a Balinese massage. I think I got the Fatima Whitbread version of a Balinese lady - her hands were so strong she could crack walnuts between her fingers. This time we thankfully got to keep our skiddies on, but the rest of the clothing went and man are these women tough. The Balinese massage is an odd concept, its rather like Shiatsu combined with Swedish massage - extreme pressure accompanied by long sweeping movements. Cheu was lucky in being allocated to a bit of a girly girl who was not very strong - mine was a beast of a woman
Afterwards we went to see a Balinese traditional show - yes it was terribly touristy, but actually it was well done. A bit of island camp if truth be known, and not really top notch stuff, but the audience enjoyed it and the dancers seemed to be having fun. Guess its one of these things we need to do when here.
Tomorrow we have a car and driver to take us to about 10 places we want to see on the island - not sure we can do it all in one day but we will give it a go….. Will upload some photos when the blooming internet works again J