Sunday February 3, 2019

1 Peter 2:1-3 Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

Today was our last day in Bali and we took full advantage with a tour guide headed inland to see some traditional Balinese artistic trades and a spectacular view from atop a volcano. The first couple of stops were a Balinese traditional play depicting good and evil spirits. The play was incredible and the costumes were so detailed and intricate.

Following the hour show, we headed to a silver factory where they made all the silver jewelry by hand using no machines, then a painter, and to see traditional batik fabric painting. The demonstration of each of these trades was amazing to watch and left me in awe that things are still produced in this fashion today.

Our last stop before lunch was to a wood carving shop. It was incredible to watch these artists create the most intricate carvings our of nothing.

Then we headed up to the volcano; however, as we made our assent up the skies opened and the rain started pouring. By the time we got to the top of the volcano it was raining so hard that we could barely see out the window of the car. Unfortunately, because of the rain we had no view of the valley below, but it still was pretty neat to be amidst this torrential rain and barely be able to hear each other during our lunch.

We headed down the mountain after lunch and stopped off at a coffee and tea plantation to try some Lewak Coffee. This is a very rare coffee that goes through quite a weird process. It starts with an animal called the luak (or Asian civet) who eats the coffee cherries and expels the beans, which are collected, cleaned, and roasted before they are ground into coffee. I have to admit, despite the rarity of this coffee treat, I was still a bit weirded out by this practice. However, after being told what a delicacy this is and how rare is (it is mainly found on the Indonesian Islands–specifically, Sumatra, Java, Bali, and Sulawesi, though it can also be found in the Philippines and in East Timor.), Jeff and I decided to throw caution to the wind. We ended up sampling all of the different teas and coffees available, including the Lewak coffee. Being completely honest, we tried all the teas first and then moved on to the coffees, and they all were wonderful. The regular coffee was spectacular and I began to wonder if this Lewak coffee could actually live up to the hype. But it did! We tried the regular coffee, then the Lewak and then back to the regular. I can’t even begin to describe how different they were and how much better the Lewak coffee actually was. So yes, both Jeff and I had “poop coffee” and it was the best coffee I have ever had, hands down.

After a full day of sightseeing and traveling, we headed home for a quick dinner and bed. Jeff and I sat out on the patio enjoying a bottle of wine while the kids slept. It was a full day, but a lot of fun. We all seemed to enjoy seeing the traditional Balinese artistic trades, but we all were tired. It was the perfect end to our Bali vacation and tomorrow we head a bit further south to Perth, Australia.

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