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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Walking in the Green of Taman Village

It was a wonderful morning when we started our walk from the Village of Kedewatan, West of Ubud. We followed the steps down next to the main village temple where we could enjoy the spectacular scenery over the lush Ayung Valley with its stunning rice paddies at the bottom of the Valley.

It was a bit wet when we were swinging our steps along the dike of the paddy field caused of the irrigation and also the rain over the last few days. We walk through the dike of the terrace field while enjoying the stunning view all over the Valley.

We walked down to the bank of the river where there is a bamboo bridge that we went across to get to the village on the western side of the river. Unfortunately, the eastern point of the bridge was taken out due to a construction for a restaurant of one of the rafting company. We were a bit lucky to have a tiny simple bamboo ladder that allowed us to climb to get onto the bridge. It was such an effort for my client, Mr. Naham to climb the bamboo ladder but he was proudly getting over to the bridge so that we did not have to wait for the rafting to come by to get a free ride to get to the other side.

We walked up to the village of Bongkasa following the steps that is used by the rafting company to get to their restaurant on the top.

Walking through the village's road allowed us to see the traditional family compound and also some of the local vegetation along the way. I took Mr. Naham to make a little stop at my simple home in Taman, sitting on our Bale in the middle of the compound to have some coffee and some cold water and having a little rest as the day was getting too hot for the walk. We had a rest for about 1 hour before continuing our walk through the local rice paddies and then on to the village of Taman. Along the way, I introduced him with the local farm such as coconut, coffee tree, cocoa tree, etc. It was truly fun to show him how we get our local Palm Wine or known as Tuak in Balinese which is a very common drink for our villagers.

We stopped at a little Warung by Banjar Raketan to have a little drink and the young guys who was in the Warung invited Mr. Naham to have a little time to play chess. It was exciting for the young village boy to play with a Westerner and it was the first time ever that they could play with a westerner so it was such an excitement for them all.

I allowed him to play for one game before we continuing our walk to the big rice paddies at the southern part of Taman Village. We walked along the irrigation canal and being pampered with the greenery of the young rice that was growing. We shared about the irrigation system and also the farming system in Bali for the local Subak.

We ended our walk by the main road that goes through the big paddy field and driving back to Jimbaran where Mr. Naham stays during his holiday in Bali.

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