Thursday, 6 August 2015
We clip-clopped round the local area. First round a small village, past fields of rice and tobacco (Indonesia is famous for it's kreteks, or clove-spiced cigarettes). We stopped to visit a tofu factory (back-breaking work from 3am to 6pm mostly involving moving water from one beaker to another). After that we visited another small village where they made pottery. Lucas and Aisha tried their hand at the potter's wheel and produced two great small bowls to store their treasures. We then skipped the honey place for some reason (maybe it wasn't on the itinerary) and also the noodle factory (closed), passed by the main temple and had a quick unplanned stop to shop for shoes (Aisha was missing her high heels and found some great Hello Kitty ones).
It tasted of... coffee. Nice but coffee nonetheless. I had the same happen to me once when I coughed up a similar price for Blue Mountain. Nice but... coffee. I think I'd rather spend my hard earned cash on wine. So we didn't buy any.
There was a small temple by the coffee place which we visited quickly and then we went back to the area where the main temple is. Got in a bit more shopping as well - a football kit for Lucas.
Had lunch for the fist time in a proper local restaurant. No English menu (luckily there were some photos of some of the dishes), eating on the floor (they did have tables but this was more fun), and you had to share with the flies. Food was delicious and the kids actually eat up with less complaints than some of the western food they have been getting.
Finished off the evening with an amazing ginger tea at a stall by the hotel. After pouring the stall owner mostly ignored us and went to see Mary Poppins with the kids on the tablet.