Adventures living as expats.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Ubud, Bali with the Fam

Ubud is the art and culture center of Bali and is surrounded by picturesque rice paddy views from all directions.   Jeff and I have done a good amount of traveling this past year and this is the first city we've gone back to, we just love the city.  An added bonus this year was our new found love for pork which the Balinese do really, really well.  I'm a little embarrassed to admit that in 8 days in Bali we had the famous babi guling (suckling pig) twice and pork ribs at least 5 times along with bacon every morning for breakfast.  We got into the mindset that we can't often get good pork in Jakarta and went "all out" for the entire vacation.  

Since we missed it last year, we all had to go see the Kecak dance which involves chanting, dancing, arm throwing, and fire.  Mom said it as the coolest thing she'd ever seen!
A little blurry, but still shows the awesome costumes.
This finale was a man dressed in a horse costume, kicking and dancing over hot coals.
Our second visit to Ibu Oka's Warung, the best suckling pig in Bali according to our taxi driver
We took a bike trip through villages and rice paddies, luckily all down hill :-)
These women showed us how to harvest rice.  It looks like one of the hardest jobs around.
Walking through the rice paddies just outside of Ubud
Our favorite dinner was at Sari Organic with a fantastic view of the sunset over the rice paddies
Planting rice during the cooler dusk hour

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