Dec 012011
 

We got picked up early by Pak (which means sir) Doel whom took us to the market to buy the groceries for today’s cooking course. Doel is Katut’s (the lady that was leading the cooking course) husband and took us first to a small fishing harbor. Here he told us stories about how bad the fishing in the area has gotten, most due to the climate change. Where it used to be beaches there are now only rocks and cliffs. Even though it’s illegal people from nearby small islands come and fish with dynamite and destroy the reefs 🙁

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The local market in Seraya is too small so Doel took us to Amlapura. It was a big market (two blocks) with food, clothes and utilities. Doel went to several different stands to buy the different ingredients; he knew exactly who had the best of each.

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Fredde also found his favorite fruit, mangosteen 🙂 (upper right corner on the picture)

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Back at Doel and Katut’s house we first sat down to have tea and some sweets while Katut started to prepare the ingredients.

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Today we learned how to make Raw sambal, Tempeh, Corn cookies, Fish sateh and Urap; we started out by doing a lot of cutting and grinding.

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Katut taught us a lot about the ingredients and of course how to cook them.

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Afterwards we sat sit down and enjoyed the fruits of our labor for lunch!

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It was a really nice and special day, and very tasteful 😉

Back at Villa Arjuna we could relax a little by the pool until we had to get ready for Hans’ (the owner of Villa Arjuna) mountain tour.

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Together with Martine and Kees we took our seats in the back of the pickup and let Hans take us up into the mountains.

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We soon discovered how well known and popular Hans and his wife are in the area, everybody waved and greeted us in a very friendly and respectful way. Hans and Els Rijks are helping out the people here very much. The views were once again amazing and Hans took us up at least 4-500 meters up the mountain to one of the temples.

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Hans proved to be quite the story teller and spellbound his listeners with facts and tales about Bali and his own experience of this beautiful place that has been his home for 11 years.

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On our way down the mountain we stopped by one of Hans’ friends that wanted to treat us with some fresh coconut juice. With amazing agility and speed she climbed a palm tree and cut down a nice young coconut.

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With a few well-placed cuts of the machete we had very good refreshment!

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Back at Villa Arjuna, Greet enjoyed a very nice massage before dinner. It was an amazing, although little painful at times, massage which took almost 2 hours!

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Villa Arjuna is supporting young girls with scholarships if their parents can’t afford sending them to school. However, one of these girls in need refused their help with money but wanted instead to earn the money by dancing for the guests. At dinner we had a very nice surprise as this girl danced for us. She was very good 🙂

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After dinner it was Fredde’s turn to get the massage, and we could both conclude that it was the best massage that we have ever gotten!

 

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