9/17 – We took a walk beyond the main tourist street to the place where the Indonesian wood carvings were made. There were huge wood and stone carvings, most of which were too big to consider bringing home. We came to a factory where the wares were stenciled “Costa Rica” and “Aloha from Hawaii” – now we know where the rest of the world gets its souvenirs!
For our last walking day, we hired a guide to drive us to parts of Ubud we couldn’t get to on foot. Rai turned out to be a biologist, conservationist and lawyer, who takes tourists around in his spare time. We spent the morning walking through some of Ubud’s many rice paddies.
Ducks also help keep the paddies properly cleaned:
Rai was a wealth of knowledge about natural remedies. The fluid in these star flowers can be used as soothing eye drops.
We stopped to pick delicious passion fruit from a nearby tree:
After our rice paddy tour, we drove to a coffee plantation to see the famous Kopi Luwak. This is coffee made from beans that have been eaten and excreted by civets. The coffee sells for $600 a pound.
Here are the civets. They are nocturnal animals, and didn’t look happy being on display:
We got to sample a variety of coffee flavors and visit the gift shop: