Sunday, October 30, 2011

Bali, Indonesia: Day 7

Bali's highest point, Mount Agung
Worshippers cleansing their sins
memorial service underway: gamelan orchestra playing on the left
On our last day in Bali, we rented a taxi for the day (this cost about $30, but we could have done it for less; but my father in law wanted to do the negotiating even though B is much better at that sort of thing).

We drove into the interior of the island, where we saw various temples, Bali's biggest mountain (an active volcano), terraced rice paddies, holy trees and the "Moon of Pejeng", the largest single cast bronze drum in the world, which dates from 300 BC and is kept in a little village's temple as a holy relic. Little R had to nap in the car, which was a bit exhausting for her, but she was a trooper.

In the evening we went out to dinner at a different fancy restaurant serving European (Italian) food. It was delicious, but the best thing was the free babysitting: little R hung out with the waitstaff for almost the entire (long) meal. I am lucky that she is so good tempered with strangers (though it helped she was in the same room as us, she gets nervous if she can't see me). We went to bed early as B and I had to get up at 3 am in order to make our early flight.

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