Rollan’s dad flew into town Wednesday night so we decided to rent a car for Thursday and make a day out of it. On the agenda were the different places we were going to eat breakfast/lunch and dinner – yes, we planned an entire day around food! The late breakfast/early lunch was a return trip to Ibu Oka in Ubud to eat their delicious babi guling. Honestly, the best pork I think I will ever eat!
To fill in the time between lunch and dinner we headed north to see Gunung Batur – one of the many volancos around Bali. We were lucky that there were barely any clouds in the sky because we got a clear view to its double caldera – truly breathtaking. Too bad the experience was slightly marred by the super obnoxious people trying to sell us junk. Also, here’s a random culture fact about this place… across the lake facing the volcano is a very unique village. Instead of burying or burning their dead, they pile the bodies underneath their ‘spirit’ tree and leave them there. Our driver Made told us that you could still see the bones from people who died decades ago! A little morbid but kinda cool at the same time.
On the way down, we stopped to try some Luwak coffee – apparently the best (and most expensive) coffee in the world. Luwak coffee is made from coffee beans that were digested by weasels then hand-picked out of their feces. Yummm. As appetizing as that sounds, the coffee is actually quite nice. A little strong but palatable.
It wasn’t quite dinner time yet so we headed to Gunungkawi – an incredible temple at the bottom of a hill, surrounded by rice terraces, lush foliage and cliffside carvings! It was like being inside a Tomb Raider movie – one of the coolest temples yet! If you’re going to check out this place, bring a bottle of water with you. The climb up is not pleasant!
Finally, we headed to Naughty Nuri’s for dinner. This place is owned by an Australian couple and is famous for their BBQ’d ribs. The ribs were just as delicious as promised but I would suggest that most people share a plate instead of getting your own – I wasn’t expecting such a large portion and was getting the meat sweats trying to chow through it all!
I know it doesn’t look like much but it is huge!
The next thing we did? Sleep! Eating is exhausting…