dragonflies, butterflies and rice fields

October 2, 2011 at 5:03 pm 2 comments

Salamatt Paggi! (or something like that…bonjour or hello…I’ve been fraternising with the French!) Excellent sleep and went to breakfast at 8..not a soul
around! Adequate buffet of fresh watermelon and papaya, the ubiquitous fried
rice and grilled tomatoes, egg cooking station (don’t like ‘em!) and toast and
jam. I always travel with my own Earl Grey teabags as the tea looked as if it
had been made the night before. Free shuttle to Ubud centre and easily found
Café Lotus and start of the Rice Fields walk. Luckily a French couple were on
the same route and my map (photocopied from guidebook) proved to be hopeless.
We did a lot for entente cordiale and they told me last night they slept in a
traditional Balinese hut near the beach and when they put the light out, 6
pairs of eyes were staring at them…rats!!! Loving my palace even more! We
chatted amiably as we wove around the irrigation ditches and jumped out of the
way of the cyclists who were puffing and panting (think I’ll give that ‘must
do’ a miss!) The views across the rice fields are stunning…so green and lush
and a plethora of butterflies and the occasional penned cow. The locals were
all very friendly and kept putting us back on track though they wanted to
direct us to the tarmac road! A wonderful 2 hour walk. I had lunch in Ubud on
the main drag in Coco Café…many boulays (whiteys) eating there and having their
feet nibbled by cleansing fish, and gulped down a welcome glass of Bintang beer
and grilled mahi mahi fish in pesto with chips…for around a fiver. Bit of
shopping – probably over priced..and bravely caught a moped ride back to Puri
Bunga – exhilarating and definitely a first for this old bird! Loved it! Sat by
the pool for a bit reading, tropical rain lightly falling now….feeling inclined
to give the white water rafting a go…ridiculous at 50?! Need one of my children
here to do it with me!

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  • 1. Sally  |  October 2, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Now officially as green as that paddy field. So glad you are having such an amazing time and with you every step of the way.

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    • 2. Heather Orange  |  October 3, 2011 at 10:23 am

      Hi Debi we just got back from Bali for my birthday surprise the temparatures were lovely great time to visit. Salamat Pagi is good morning, Bahasa is also used in Malaysia. We did a bike ride back in February but one that was down hill about 95% of the way and it was fabulous. Not sure I would have done it without the kids but glad I did. We even tried surfing at Kuta once I’d got up a few times and got bashed by the very hard board (it hurt a lot) I thought I had done enough. Got to show those kids we ain’t done yet. You can get some real bargains but you have to barter hard I must say not my forte but got Peter to do it for me. Glad you are enjoying hope your feeling the love part. Take care and salamat datang (bon voyage) loads of love Heather x

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