Hi guys and welcome back!
This week was pretty exciting since I got to do a traditional balinese ceremony but I will tell you more about it later on.
On friday we went to eat sushi in Seminyak at a place called “Sushimi”. Every friday you get every plate for 20k IDR, which is a pretty good deal and the taste is pretty good too!
On saturday I tried “Nalu Bowls” for breakfast. It is a small place with breakfast bowls in Seminyak, Canggu or Uluwatu. The taste is amazing and it is fresh and healthy, I can only recommend going there!
For dinner the guys decieded to cook for everyone and it was pretty good. It was a nice evening with everyone gather together.
Sunday I checked out another place for breakfast called “Sister Fields”. It was awesome as well.
On monday we went to a tempel close by, called “Tanah Lot”. It is the most famous tempel in Bali known for the snakes that guard the tempel. When it is low tide one can walk over to the tempel and sometimes see snakes, I did not see a snake though. They are really tame because people treat them nice, since they see them as helpers of the gods by guarding the tempel. The whole area would be very pretty if it was not for so many tourists. It is really crowded eventhough we did go in November when it is not high season for tourists. After the tempel we had dinner at “Watercress” and I went to sleep pretty early.
On tuesday we had a field trip organized by our university. My Tourism Product Professor was our guide. First stop was the water tempel “Tirta Empul” above Ubud. It was really, really interesting since we got to do a traditional ceremony. Bevore we went into the water you sit down with an offering which consists of flowers and an incense stick. First you hold your empty hands to your forehead and say your intention, what you ask/wish for. After that you take the white or pink flowers out of the offering and pray to the sun god for energy. Next step is taking mixed flowers and then again mixed flowers. Praying with the flowers is for the three main gods in Bali. In the last step you pray with empty hands again asking for your wishes/prayers to become true and thanking the gods for their time. In the water itself, every fountain has a different meaning like “hair, long travel, allergies, etc.”. You go to each fountain an pray three times, except of two which are reserved for the dead.
After the water ceremony we went into the acutal tempel and did the ceremony over again.
We had lunch there and continued driving to a coffee / coca plantage. We got to try diffrent types of coffee and tea. I really liked the Ginseng Coffee and the mixed Coffee with Coca. I also tried the most expensive coffee in the world, the “Luwak”. Animals called Paradoxurus eat the coffee beans, digest them and their poo is collected, cleaned and processed into coffee. I did not really like the coffee, it was way to bitter for me. No need to pay about 10€ for a cup in Europe.
Our last stop was an ancient village called “Penglipuran”. It was really cute with the small houses and everything looked similar. It was nice to see how a traditional village used to look like.
After the trip everyone was pretty exhausted since we have been on tour the whole day. I was glad when I was home and went almost straight to bed.
That is it for this week! See you next time!