|My first shot at the market|
|A woman weaving small baskets/boxes that are used to|
cook rice and food in. You can open the the box and eat
the rice out of it kinda like a bowl.
One section of the market that I came across was the place where a lot of the men were hanging around. It was the spot where roosters were bought and sold for cock fights. (some thing that is very popular in Bali as I had already heard from Komang my driver) This was one of the places where my four words of Indonesian came in handy.
Once back at the hotel for breakfast I ordered some fruit and a banana pancake. You can see the banana pancake bellow. LOL it was a banana wrapped in pancake. Not quite what I was expecting, but still good. Now I was still a little hungry (yes even after the sata too) so I decided to order extra even though it would cost me some rupiah (the first stuff was free). You see, with the time change I found I really wasn't hungry at
lunch time (that being the middle of the night for my stomac) and since I really wasn't hungry and there was so much to see I skipped lunch throughout the trip around Bali and had just taken to eating bigger breakfast. Plus Komang bought me stuff (fruit and sata) during the day sometimes. All this to say, I ordered more food, it took them a long time (at least by Balinese standards) and by the time they got back to me it was a different girl and I ended up getting a whole new breakfast for free. Happy me! Anyway the food is good. Moving on...
The first stop of the day after breakfast was the traditional Balinese village. Everything was supposed to be traditional here. The food, the houses, the cloths, everything hand made and crafted. Everything that is except...
Or at least the basic idea!
After the village we went to the temple on the water ...wait. No, this was the water temple (or palace) tomorrow is the temple on the water. There were many children at this place and I began to realize that many of the spots my driver was taking me to were also popular field trip spot for school groups. School groups take trips every week to different holy places around the island as well as to the beaches in some spots to see the sunrise. Even back in Sanur were the conference was held there were older school groups there every morning to watch the sunrise. Sometimes these groups were on a field trip from another island. They often spoke good English and very often as I passed they would ask for a group photo with me. At first this was kinda fun, and I would oblige as long as they would let me take a photo with my camera as well. They always were excited about this for some reason and sometimes they when they asked for a group photo they wouldn't even take one with their own cameras! They were just satisfied to have had a picture taken with me I guess. Anyway, after a while this wasn't as fun and new. I mean, how many pictures do you need with groups of people (sometimes random as people around would jump in) that you have no clue who they are?
Well we made it to Lovina with out problem. Lovina was where I was going to stay the night, almost the very north of Bali. They beaches had black sand here. It was a smaller quieter town than some of the other northern towns I think. Less tourism, but still plenty of people to sell you stuff. The vendors were more friendly here though sometimes pretty slick. Here when you said "No" to a vendor it did not end the conversation but at least it got you going in the right direction. In some places saying no only makes it worse because you have given them some attention and they are only going to try harder.
The fact that the town was more quiet, less touristy, more friendly, bartering was more relaxed, and the fact that I found one of my new favorite fruits here all joined together to make this my favorite spot in Bali. And I would seriously recommend to anyone going to Bali to get away from the southern parts and explore the north.
This is one of the beach vendors. He had some pretty cool stuff. He collects shells along the beach and makes them into jewelry.
|Fisherman fishing for small fry|
And then the sun started to set. It was beautiful.
This photo to the left sometimes has me wondering if it is iconic to me and my life. All set and ready to sail of into the horizon... but if you look closely there are ropes holding it down... ...for now
And then the sun did set... and it was absolutely beautiful!
By the way the boats in these pictures are what the majority of the boats in Bali look like. Any one of them is ready and more than willing to take you out to watch the dolphins. That was the one thing that got a little annoying in Lovina. I kept having to explain that I didn't want to go dolphin watching the one morning I had there and no one could understand why I didn't want to since it was the only morning I had to go dolphin watching.
Lovina is on the north beach of Bali and you can find it on google maps. My map drawings weren't going so well.