While on our Australian cruise, we stopped in Bali and Semarang, Indonesia. Without a doubt I found Bali to be one of the most fascinating places that I ever visited. Upon arriving in Bali, at Padang Bay, we were met by hundreds of little children all clamoring for our attention and our "one dollar". They would sell anything for "one dollar". I often wondered if they knew so little English, but they knew how to say "one dollar". There were also the ladies who carried piles of batik fabric on their heads willing to bargain with the passengers for their dollars. We brought home many beautiful pieces of batik as souvenirs It became a game for us to see who could get the best bargains from the batik ladies.
Although to most it is unimaginable, we did not even go to the beach while in Bali. There was just so much more to see and do. It was like an ancient civilization and we were far too excited to explore, rather than visit another beach.
|English: Tegalalang rice terrace Ubud Bali 2011 panorama (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
The focus of their culture is in the town of Ubud. Here we watched puppet shows, shopped, and ate. One of the dishes that I remember tasting while on the island of Bali was spiced duck cooked in banana leaves and black rice pudding. Very tasty.
As we made our way by a small tour bus into the town of Ubud we passed through the farm land and observed the terraced rice paddies. A real site for a modern American. They were plowing the land with plows pulled by oxen and harvesting the rice with machetes. I felt I had been transported back into time.