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Yesterday was the most incredible day. We started with a drive into the country . First stop rice paddies all terraced up the hillside. The first opportunity to see the real Bali. Fresh coconuts at this stop and then on to the volcano. What a truly magical experience. We pretty much had the place to ourselves. The only downside was we were the sole focus of the few hawkers that were there. Then on to the coffee plantation where I blew my spending budget on Luwak coffee and special Bali teas…This was followed by lunch at a nice but for Bali expensive restaurant. First satays….the gado gado is different everywhere .each place has its own version. What is disappointing is there are no pasam mukan (food markets) no mukan carts in the streets. From there we went on to the water palace what an experience. We had to don sarongs to cover our legs. The Baliniese do not have a religion as such their way of life is their religion. A Moving experience. We also visited a traditional family compound. The young woman who was at home was shy but gracious. All these lumbering westerners blundering around taking photos. Then to finish the day a wood carving workshop…one word. Breathtaking….finished the day by walking down to get Pizza and to bed ..body clocks still on Australian time. Thank you Eileen.

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About lindandsam

Linda is a poet and writer. She is a student at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) completing Bachelor of Creative Writing. Published in the USC Storyboard, 2015. Self-published ‘Where is Gedhum Choekyi Nyima?’ For the Tibetan Children’s Village, Dharamsala, 1997. She lives in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and shares her life with her partner and their four-legged fur babies Hugo and Tashi-la, and their second-hand book shop.

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