My Life as a Traveler

Just another Saturday…

Start the day with mangosteen

 

It’s just another Saturday in Bali. Begin with the fruit of the day, mangosteen (squeeze the red ball of the fruit until it cracks, peel the thick skin off, eat the white part, spit out the big seed in some of the sections) and a Bali coffee before Kadek comes to make her yummy rice/milk breakfast.

Black rice cooked with condensed milk – yum!

Today, Gus and Krista head for the surfer’s town of Canggu and I enjoy another heavenly massage from Kadek. When she’s gone, I have the place to myself and it looks like no other guests are expected. Since I was out and about all day yesterday, I am taking a break today and just hanging out, doing some writing, photo editing, and reading my smutty novel (thanks, Michelle!) This is a fantastic place to just be. I walked to Mama’s for a solo dinner, visiting with my friend Manik, then back to the quiet (well, except for the roosters, bugs, and frogs) house. I thought, though, that I would just post some photos of other random stuff going on this week.

One of the things we did earlier this week was attend the kecak dance. This is another telling of the Ramayana story but with no music, just 100 bare-chested men chanting “chak chak chak chak chak” at various volumes and speeds. Not sure exactly what happens in the story here, but at the end, they clear the floor, pile a bunch of coconut husks in the center of the room, throw some lighter fluid on them, making a huge bonfire, then a guy comes out as a horse rider and gallops around it then stomps through it. Impressive.

Enjoy the photos!

The lotus temple right behind the Starbuck’s

 

Fighting roosters ready for transport by our next door neighbor

 

Notice the tail in the upper left hand corner. Sadly, the lizard did not make it.

 

Only served after it falls to the ground?

Setting the scene

Dancers tell a story

 

The gang’s all here

 

Lighting the fire

 

Horse guy riding around the fire

 

Horse guy in the fire

 

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