After speaking to locals about their way of life in Ubud, we were interested to learn more about the Balinese ‘live and let live’ attitude and we re-joined our guide, Wayan, to continue our tour of Bali.
We told Wayan about the local peoples’ overwhelming acceptance and positivity and (typically) he laughed, showing us his wide smile. He asked us to point out any house along the road so that we could pay a visit – ‘We will go inside and meet the people who live here’ he said.
I was convinced this was a trick and that Wayan knew these people we were so rudely door-stepping, but he assured us he didn’t. Nervously walking up the garden path, I was waiting for someone to come rushing out shouting obscenities in Bahasa, but all we met was two old women looking mildly surprised – and amused – at our approach.
Wayan spoke to the women and they guided us warmly around their home (despite not speaking a word of English).
They didn’t have a lot, and it was clear this was the home to one of the poorer families in the area. ‘You can always tell how rich or poor a family is by looking at their family temple’ Wayan said.
It was an eye-opener to look around this family’s home. They were obviously very poor, but what amazed me most was how our visit seemed to delight them. I couldn’t imagine opening up my home for random tourists just to look around and gawk, but that’s exactly what these women allowed us to do – and they seemed to enjoy showing us how they lived.
Because of the heat, we had a quick pit stop at a very beautiful waterfall – just another display of Bali’s natural beauty…
Our last stop of the day was Uluwatu temple.
While the sun was setting, we were invited to attend a daily Kekak dance performance – a fire dance performed to the sounds of an all-male choir percussively chanting ‘kak’.
It’s not the most authentic dance we saw in Bali, but it was certainly entertaining and it was a fun end to our Bali adventure.