7 Mar   The gods want us wet  7 Mar
  Bali  
Back home from Ubud   11 Mar  11 Mar 
 
 
 
 
 
On our way to the volcano
8 Mar 2019
On our way to the volcano    8 Mar 2019
  Ubud   
 
 
 
 
 

Today is our last full day in Bali. It's overcast but the rain has taken a break. We hired our neighbor, Made, to drive us to a nearby volcano, Mount Batur. It last erupted in 1999. Along the way we made a few stops, at an artists' cooperative, a cave temple, a water temple, and a rice paddy.

I'm listening to Sarah Vaughan, How long has this been going on?

 
 
 
 
Pilgrims on line for purification  
 
Tirta Empul, or the water temple, has a mountain-spring-fed bath. The bath is used by pilgrims for purification. The pilgrims calmly stand in long lines in the water waiting to dip their heads below each of the water spouts. Some bring offerings which they place adjacent to a spout. After they bow under the water of the first spout they continue moving down the line to the rest of the spouts. The spring is adjacent, you can walk over and see the water pushing up from under the ground.
 
 
 
 
Pilgrims on line for purification  
 
Tirta Empul, or the water temple, has a mountain-spring-fed bath. The bath is used by pilgrims for purification. The pilgrims calmly stand in long lines in the water waiting to dip their heads below each of the water spouts. Some bring offerings which they place adjacent to a spout. After they bow under the water of the first spout they continue moving down the line to the rest of the spouts. The spring is adjacent, you can walk over and see the water pushing up from under the ground.
 
 
 
 
Pilgrims on line for purification  
 
Tirta Empul, or the water temple, has a mountain-spring-fed bath. The bath is used by pilgrims for purification. The pilgrims calmly stand in long lines in the water waiting to dip their heads below each of the water spouts. Some bring offerings which they place adjacent to a spout. After they bow under the water of the first spout they continue moving down the line to the rest of the spouts. The spring is adjacent, you can walk over and see the water pushing up from under the ground.
 
 
 
Praying at the Tirta Empul Temple  
 
 
 
 
Praying at the Tirta Empul Temple  
 
 
 
 
Praying at the Tirta Empul Temple  
 
 
 
Purification at the Tirta Empul Temple  
 
 
 
 
Purification at the Tirta Empul Temple  
 
 
 
 
Purification at the Tirta Empul Temple  
 
 
 
Goa Gajah or Elephant Cave  
 
Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave, is a temple inside of a cave. It features menacing faces carved into the cave's exterior. The faces are thought to ward off evil spirits.
 
 
 
 
Goa Gajah or Elephant Cave  
 
Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave, is a temple inside of a cave. It features menacing faces carved into the cave's exterior. The faces are thought to ward off evil spirits.
 
 
 
 
Goa Gajah or Elephant Cave  
 
Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave, is a temple inside of a cave. It features menacing faces carved into the cave's exterior. The faces are thought to ward off evil spirits.
 
 
 
Paul in a sarong, visiting Goa Gajah  
 
 
 
 
Paul in a sarong, visiting Goa Gajah  
 
 
 
 
Paul in a sarong, visiting Goa Gajah  
 
 
 
Everything fits on a motorbike  
 
 
 
 
Everything fits on a motorbike  
 
 
 
 
Everything fits on a motorbike  
 
 
 
Election poster  
 
Indonesia has an election coming in April so election signs are popping up.
 
 
 
 
Election poster  
 
Indonesia has an election coming in April so election signs are popping up.
 
 
 
 
Election poster  
 
Indonesia has an election coming in April so election signs are popping up.
 
 
 
Mount Batur  
 
We ate lunch at a restaurant with a glorious view of the volcano. The restaurant suffered from restaurant-with-a-glorious-view syndrome in that it had mediocre, over-priced food. That view from the patio is grand, though.
 
 
 
 
Mount Batur  
 
We ate lunch at a restaurant with a glorious view of the volcano. The restaurant suffered from restaurant-with-a-glorious-view syndrome in that it had mediocre, over-priced food. That view from the patio is grand, though.
 
 
 
 
Mount Batur  
 
We ate lunch at a restaurant with a glorious view of the volcano. The restaurant suffered from restaurant-with-a-glorious-view syndrome in that it had mediocre, over-priced food. That view from the patio is grand, though.
 
 
 
Rice terraces  
 
The famous rice terraces are pretty but over-developed (zip lines, swings, selfie spots). It's busy with tourists and people trying to make money off the tourists. Avoid it, instead do the rice paddy walk in Ubud that we did on day three.
 
 
 
 
Rice terraces  
 
The famous rice terraces are pretty but over-developed (zip lines, swings, selfie spots). It's busy with tourists and people trying to make money off the tourists. Avoid it, instead do the rice paddy walk in Ubud that we did on day three.
 
 
 
 
Rice terraces  
 
The famous rice terraces are pretty but over-developed (zip lines, swings, selfie spots). It's busy with tourists and people trying to make money off the tourists. Avoid it, instead do the rice paddy walk in Ubud that we did on day three.
 
 
 
Harvesting rice  
 
Just down the street from our house, in a real rice paddy, these ladies are harvesting rice. First they beat it to separate the grains from the plant. Next they filter off anything that isn't rice. Then the rice is dried in the sun for several days. The remaining plant waste is left on the ground to be burned. They can plant three four-month crops per year though they alternate crops so as to not wear out the soil.
 
 
 
 
Harvesting rice  
 
Just down the street from our house, in a real rice paddy, these ladies are harvesting rice. First they beat it to separate the grains from the plant. Next they filter off anything that isn't rice. Then the rice is dried in the sun for several days. The remaining plant waste is left on the ground to be burned. They can plant three four-month crops per year though they alternate crops so as to not wear out the soil.
 
 
 
 
Harvesting rice  
 
Just down the street from our house, in a real rice paddy, these ladies are harvesting rice. First they beat it to separate the grains from the plant. Next they filter off anything that isn't rice. Then the rice is dried in the sun for several days. The remaining plant waste is left on the ground to be burned. They can plant three four-month crops per year though they alternate crops so as to not wear out the soil.
 
 
 
 7 Mar   The gods want us wet  7 Mar
  Bali  
Back home from Ubud   11 Mar  11 Mar