Today, we took an all day tour of the island of Bali. They call it the "Island of the Gods" because the Balinese people are very religious and there are Hindu temples all over the place. Our driver was really nice and funny!
This picture is me and my brother waiting to be picked up from our hotel. We are pretending that the alligator is biting our hand! I think that we are so funny!
On our first stop, we went to a woodcarving place in the village of Mas. My parents liked this place a lot. We each got a carved wooden puzzle box. Mine has a dolphin and Micah's is a Balinese god. We also got some carved elephants. They make everything by hand here.
Next, we went to Goa Gadja, which means the "elephant cave". This is a temple that is over 900 years old! That is really really old!
This is the entrance to the elephant cave. It supposed to be the mouth of the Hindu god Ganesh, who kind of looks like an elephant. Inside you are supposed to meditate.
In Goa Gadja, it was really pretty. There were some rivers and old trees. My brother loved playing and climbing in the roots.
After the elephant cave, we went to lunch at a restaurant that overlooked rice terraces. We both had plain pasta. See the red peppers on the table? My mom bit into one, turned red and had to spit it out! It was so spicy. She hates spicy food. My parent's liked the food here.
This is a picture of me looking down into the rice terraces. It was really pretty there.
Next we went to a really interesting place. It is called Tirta Emphul Temple. It has holy water there. People line up to dunk their heads under the running spring water. The water looked real dirty to me. There were lots of things floating in it like flower petals and food bits and stuff. No one in my family wanted to go in. It was fun to look at.
This is a Balinese guy getting dunked!
This is me in front of the spring where the water at Tirta Emphul comes up. You can see it bubbling up from the ground.
This is the temple in the courtyard. The ladies in the crowns are the priests. They were chanting, spraying holy water and ringing bells. It was very interesting to see.
At the temple, they are always working on making it prettier. This is a picture of the stone carvers working on a snake or a dragon (I am not sure what it was!).
This is a little lake at the temple where sarongs are drying. Sarongs are cloths that are worn like skirts. Every adult who comes into the temple as to wear one. Even my dad was wearing a skirt! He looked really silly!
This is me standing at the temple gate meditating.