The countryside of Bali
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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.
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...