The countryside of Bali

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Harvest time fun

The weather was sometimes a bit off while I was in Ubud so it rained on and off. Markets in Asia are something special to a European because of the sheer chaos of small stalls and millions of smells, but with the rain it became even more interesting :-).   

In a patch of jungle just outside Ubud there are a few Hindu temples, unlike India here you are obliged to wear a sarong to enter, which makes it unfortunately harder to see most of them, just a few have a Rent-a-sarong stall outside.

I went for a mountainbike tour of the countryside and this was really great, you get a chance to see the small villages where life is still mostly untouched by the mass tourism that floods some parts of Bali.

Kids are really into kites on the Bali countryside
We had a chance to see some of the stuff that is grown on the land, coffee, spices, tobbaco (sold by the kilo on the market), vanilla, ginseng and what not. The countryside of Bali is covered with rice paddi's and in some places we passed it was harvest time so we could check out how they make the 'nasi'. Families here live in a kind of walled compounds which make up the Kampung or village. Each compound has a small family temple and the lay out is dictated by ancient custom. Outside the gate a small notice board which shows how many people of each family live inside.   

Kiting is all the rage with Balinese kids, everywhere you go there are kites of all shapes and sizes floating in the air.

On a motorbike trip I did myself on the outskirts of Ubud I came across a mass of people just outside the village community center. It turned out to be a series of cockfights. The owners of the cocks would wait untill enough money had been betted to justify them risking loosing their top fighters (including the 'I'm walking away' routine followed by the crowd insisting on a fight). The fights were short and bloody, the crowd stretching out when the cocks came their way, probbly it wouldn't have been the first time that somebody got hurt by the blade that is attached to their leg. The loosing cock would be plucked and his feet cut off on the spot. I couldn't help noticing the little sate barbeque in the corner...  

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Harvest time fun
Harvest time fun
Kids are really into kites on the …
Kids are really into kites on the…
Making sate in Ubud market
Making sate in Ubud market
Ubud market during some heavy down…
Ubud market during some heavy dow…
Grey haired macaque on a sculpture…
Grey haired macaque on a sculptur…
Grey haired macaque in Sacred Monk…
Grey haired macaque in Sacred Mon…
The most active vulcano of the 3 o…
The most active vulcano of the 3 …
Burning coffee beans next to the p…
Burning coffee beans next to the …
Ginseng coffee and tobbaco fresh f…
Ginseng coffee and tobbaco fresh …
House in a family compound in the …
House in a family compound in the…
Splitting bamboo.
Splitting bamboo.
Ehm, 5 people living here
Ehm, 5 people living here
Street in a Kampung
Street in a Kampung
Rice bashing
Rice bashing
Hmm, they are better at it
Hmm, they are better at it
Rice
Rice
Decorated temple in the Balinese c…
Decorated temple in the Balinese …
Altar to ensure good harvests near…
Altar to ensure good harvests nea…
Women eating before a ceremony.
Women eating before a ceremony.
Kiting in the rice fields
Kiting in the rice fields
Cock fight I: the 2 cocks are pres…
Cock fight I: the 2 cocks are pre…
Cock fight II, casualty: the cock …
Cock fight II, casualty: the cock…
Cock fight III: next candidates fo…
Cock fight III: next candidates f…
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