Thursday 28th October
As we climbed higher into the
mountains passing through rural villages we came across this river, Kali Babak.
There were dozens of men collecting the sand and rock from the bottom of the
river to be purchased to use in constructing buildings. The sand is piled
onto floating rubber rings, then transferred to the shore before adding it
to the piles lining the road. What a laborious job - all by
Working in the dirty
The river walls were rugged and
sharp as the path was caused by an earthquake........Rice drying at the side of
Piles of sand and
Our next stop was a
Hindu temple, Pura Lingsar, nestled up in the forest where we were
required to hire sarongs in order to enter as it is necessary for you to cover
your ankles. Normally your shoulders too but the guard allowed Amy to remove her
cardigan as it was far too hot. I think it is the muslim temples where it's
absolutely necessary. The guard showed us around and tried to entice the holy
eels from their lair with hard boiled eggs.
The large temple is the holiest in Lombok.
Built in 1714 by King Anak Agung Ngurah, and nestled beautifully in the lush
rice fields, it's multidenominational, with a temple for Balinese Hindus and one
for followers of Lombok's mystical take on Islam, the Wektu Telu
Cheeky monkeys pinching the
offerings to the gods......the one on the left even managed a whole bunch of
praying...............The largest shrine
Collecting holy water in their
cans.....................The whole temple
Time to go..........over the
road for lunch
There were probably 10 or more of these
Warungs, a street side restaurant, although I think restaurant is a bit too posh
a title for these places. Each had ladies sat outside cooking 'Sate' or 'Satay'
as we know it. This is the good thing about being with Indonesians, as had we
organised our own tour, we'd probably never have eaten here. The menu
wasn't too complex, it's either beef or chicken sate but we confused things and
had a mixture which was served with rice wrapped in palm leaves. It was
delicious - a perfect lunch break!
Cooking the sate.............eating the
Public toilet incase you need
it...............I think I'll pass!