|The entrance to our hotel room|
We were on a early to bed (9:30 or 10:00pm) and early to rise (5:30 or 6:00am) schedule in Indonesia, so we were in bed at 11:30pm when the earthquake hit. We were both asleep. I opened my eyes, not quite sure what exactly woke me up, and noticed the room was shaking. I gradually started figuring out what was going on. Todd asked if I was awake and then said, "Are we having an earthquake?" I thought we were... And then, it stopped. We made a note in our heads of the time -- and went back to sleep. We didn't lift our heads off of our pillows.
We checked the USGS website in the morning and confirmed that it was a 5.3 magnitude quake centered 200km south of us (124 miles). Probably not a big deal to those who are used to earthquakes, but that was our first!
The hotel delivered Balinese breakfast to our room each morning, so we ate and then spent the morning at the pool, reading, swimming, and lounging. I was eating better, but still feeling less than great. I was really enjoying the Indonesian hot tea, though.
|Shower near the pool|
With both of our sad, upset stomachs, we decided to seek out comfort food. We headed back through the monkey forest into Ubud and began walking around trying to find the restaurant selling pizza that Todd had seen from the car on the way to the restaurant the night before. We started up Monkey Forest Road looking for it, then went the wrong way. Then, we didn't want to back track all the way, so we took a road that seemed like a short cut according to the map. But, the map wasn't drawn to scale, so we ended up completely circling the whole town. Then, we felt as if we'd missed another road, and started to turn back. We asked directions, only to find that when you ask a person directions in Bali, they expect you to buy something from them or pay them to drive you there. And, they give you the longest directions possible.
We also found a geocache! It was located in a school for disabled children in Ubud. I left a Geocoin there. I want to do a little summary of Geocaching in a later post, so I won't go into detail.
We headed back to the hotel, and this time decided to pay the money to go through the Monkey Forest rather than walking around it. It was getting dark and cloudy because of the rainstorm (and it was getting late), and so we only stayed for a little while. Todd got some more photos, and I took some more video:
Kim and Todd in the Monkey Forest
While in the Monkey Forest, a Balinese man approached us and started telling us about the Monkey Forest. We were near the cemetery, so he was telling us about that and then said he would show us the temple, so we followed him to it. It wasn't open to go inside, but he stood and talked about it. Then, he got out some paintings (small, about 4x6) and said he'd painted them and would we buy one? We did buy one, but there was a clear pattern going on in Bali that if someone was being friendly and helping you, it meant that they wanted to sell you something.
All of that being said, though, the constant pressure to buy things, whether souvenirs or a massage or a taxi ride was just exhausting. Whenever we talked to a local and didn't intend on purchasing anything, it would stress me out. And, it was impossible to just be left alone while out on the street. Todd even tried pretending that he only spoke German, but the Balinese person that he tried that on spoke German. I don't think he was fooled either, because Todd was wearing a Margaritaville Key West T-Shirt.
|Enjoying a rice paddy hike on our last day in Ubud|
|Ducks (there's actually a whole family there) in the rice paddies|
|Rice Paddies and scarecrows|
I cleaned off and we ended up discovering that the trail head was back the way we came. A nice tour guide showed us where we needed to go, and tried to sell us a full day tour for the next day. We went up the hill, finally seeing that the sign for the rice paddy walk was at the top of the hill. We followed the path for a while. We were searching for another Geocache, but didn't find it. We did get to learn a lot about rice farming in Indonesia. So much is done by hand and it is SO HOT in the rice paddies! We met up with some other Americans (first we'd seen since Sorong) who were also walking and taking photos along the trail. Todd got some excellent photos, and we got some exercise. We walked about another 4 or 5 miles through the rice paddies, and we remembered to bring enough water along!!
|Rice paddies in Ubud|
We didn't do the full circle because we wanted to make it back into town to see the funeral/cremation that was going on at the palace that day. So, we headed back down the hill and gave up on the Geocache.
Stay tuned for part nine where Todd and I attend an incredible Balinese Funeral, go to a lovely Valentines Day Dinner, and the bite heard around the world...