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Eat Pray Love

The day before we left Bali we decided to make a trip to Ubud, which is about an hour north of Kuta. It’s the city of the Monkey Forest and picturesque rice terraces – unfortunately none of the above was “cooperating” that day!
When we walked towards the area of the Monkey Forest one monkey had nothing better to do than jumping on my shoulders and starting to bite me – luckily Bernd was right next to me and gave that monkey a nice flight back to the ground. After that I was wishing for nothing more than a shotgun…
Anyway, we went into the Monkey Forest (without the shotgun ;-) ) and tried to take good pictures of the monkeys and the temple – only one part turned out successfull as you might see. For the part concerning the temple there were just too many people and too many monkeys, aswell. Since Bernd was trying to take a picture with long-time exposure these were the least components he needed (he started to wish for a shotgun as well…) – I really felt sorry for him after half an hour of desperate camera clicking!
The second theme for the day were the rice terraces outside Ubud! It might sound easy to take pictures of them, even a panorama is doable – but not if it’s raining cats and dogs!
But hey, I’m not complaining! We saw a monkey fly, the hawkers nearly left us alone because it was raining – that’s something new on Bali!

- Isabell -

P.S. In case you’re wondering about the title of this article: parts of the movie “Eat Pray Love” were casted in the Monkey Forest of Ubud. Julia Roberts takes a bike ride around the temple shown on the first picture…

“Eat Pray Love” film location in the Monkey Forest, Ubud (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
“Eat Pray Love” film location in the Monkey Forest, Ubud (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell with two Komodo dragon sculptures (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell with two Komodo dragon sculptures (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Bridge over a gully in the Monkey Forest (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Bridge over a gully in the Monkey Forest (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Sculptures from the film location, but I`m not sure if you can actually see them in the movie (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Sculptures from the film location, but I`m not sure if you can actually see them in the movie (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Monkey familiy after watching all three parts of “The Lord of the Rings” ;) (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Monkey familiy after watching all three parts of “The Lord of the Rings” ;) (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Rice terraces around Ubud (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Rice terraces around Ubud (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Water lilies – a beautiful, romantic…Bali kitsch picture ;) (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Water lilies – a beautiful, romantic…Bali kitsch picture ;) (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)


Bali – island of temples

Due to the continuing erruption of the volcano Merapi the airspace of Indonesia was partly restricted for some days. But Singapore Airlines already started to approach Jakarta again, so we decided that it was save to travel from Sydney to Denpasar with a stop-over in Singapore. From Sydney to Singapore we were flying with the new Airbus A380-800, a huge aircraft that normally dims minor turbulences – unfortunately a thunderstorm above northern Australia wasn’t a minor turbulence and therefore the airplane shook quite well ( and fell a few meters).
Compared to the first flight the connecting flight from Singapore to Denpasar wasn’t that bad. The only thing that made me nervous was that you could not see anything besides thick white “fog” that surrounded the plane the entire flight – I don’t know what kind of “fog” it was and I sure will never find out (I will not even ask)…  :-?

Anyway, the last three days we spent relaxing and sightseeing in Kuta and the
surrounding area: We hung around the pool in our hotel, enjoyed the sunshine and drank as many fresh fruit juices as we want – keeping in mind that a glass of freshly squeezed pineapple juice costs about 10.000 Indonesian Rupiah ( approx. 0,80 Euro cents)!
Yesterday we hired two motorbikes to visit a temple on the peninsula south of Kuta. Now it’s not difficult to drive a motorbike, but it is challenging to drive a motorbike on the left in a crowded city where there are no road traffic regulations – some of us didn’t like that at all! ;-)
After we left the crazy streets of Kuta it took us about an hour to get to the sea temple Pura Luhur Ulu Watu. The temple itself is forbidden for non-hindu worshippers and as it is perched atop sheer cliffs that drop straigt into the ocean you really can’t see a lot. Nevertheless we still had fun as there are plenty of monkeys living in the fields of the temple who are trying to steal everything from a to z that looks edible  – from aluminum foil to zippers!

- Isabell -

Isabell on her motorbike (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell on her motorbike (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
View from the cliffs Pura Ulu Watu is built on (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
View from the cliffs Pura Ulu Watu is built on (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
A little monkey (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
A little monkey (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Pura Ulu Watu – the sea temple (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Pura Ulu Watu – the sea temple (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
This guy had fun making faces in front of the camera (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
This guy had fun making faces in front of the camera (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
A noisy monkey…he jumped on my backpack during the photo session (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
A noisy monkey…he jumped on my backpack during the photo session (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)