Breakfast on a Boat in the Bali Sea and Hiking
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Our breakfast this morning was the usual fare, but in a very unusual place. We took a boat from our hotel out on the Bali Sea right after sunrise for a nice cruise and some breakfast. The Sea was quite calm and it was a great way to start the day. The boat is operated by the hotel. It has outriggers on both sides, and runs on a diesel engine. Our breakfast just tasted better out on the boat! We saw lot of fishing boats out that morning -- lots of folks at work trying to catch fish for the markets.
We landed the boat at a place where we started a hike into one of the very poor parts of Bali. The northern part of Bali is much more arid than the south, and this part was particularly dry.
Along the way we stopped at various huts and saw how different products are made here. One hut had a still where Arak (a palm wine liquer) is made. It was interesting to see the still -- and the operator asked for all of our empty plastic water bottles. He uses them to collect the distilled liquor! Jundre and I bought a bottle from him for a pittance.
The coconut palms are used for more than just Arak! The coconuts are harvested here for the meat and the milk.
At the end of the hike, we stopped at an open air restaurant for lunch.
Back at the hotel, I relaxed by the pool and did some journaling. I had another one of those gin and bitter lemons with a lemongrass stalk too. The drink is growing on me! I decided to splurge for another massage, since they were so inexpensive here. This time I had a masseur named Adie. He gave me a great massage on a bale. As we were talking, he told me he had a friend in Austin and described his friend. It turns out that I knew the guy he was describing! What a small world!
For dinner, I decided to do some carbo-loading, as I had a 48 mile ride to do the next day. I had spaghetti carbonara and it was exactly what I needed!