I woke early before everyone so I took myself for a walk throughout the town. It was before all the tourists were out so the streets were pretty quiet and the only people out were the local Indonesians leaving offerings to the Gods. The smell of insense was lovely and the streets were covered in flowers and other gifts that were being offered.
Once the girls had woken we went to the local market and bought a kilo of fruit each for breakfast and sat in a field eating it. I chose fruits I’d never tried like snake fruit, mangosteens and guava and also fruits I did know like bananas, passion fruit, mango and mandarins.
We visited the local temples which were absolutely beautiful. We went to Ubud Water Temple and to Ubud Palace. The water temple was beautiful, with two ponds full of lilypads and flowers either side of it. On the way there we watched a woman creating semi-raw Gado Gado from scratch which looked amazing, so we promised her we would be back for lunch. I’m very glad we kept our promise because this was absolutely delicious. She started off making the sauce from crushing peanuts and adding in flavours and spices that we have no idea what they were, then she added a lot of water which was surprising. After mixing it all together she sliced up tofu and added it in and then added sliced up sticky rice. Then she combined it with bean sprouts and fried onion and topped it off with more peanuts. Sooo good!!! We ate this off our laps in a temple, doesn’t get more authentic then that…
After a bit of shopping in the market and relaxing at our hostel we headed to the rice fields to watch the sunset. We warily followed a dodgy road behind some interesting looking houses, which then luckily took us to the rice fields. The walk was lovely, other than having to dodge and tuck in for all the scooters on the tiny path, but the views made up for it all. The sun set right over the fields which left amazing silhouettes of the trees in the background and created a beautiful coloured sky to walk home under.
In the evening we split up and Mungo and I began the hunt for some street food for dinner. We ended up finding a little hidden Warung that was buffet style so you pick and pay for what you want. We had rice, fried tempe (which is now a regular staple of my diet), tofu, sweet corn fritters, a jackfruit curry thing, vegetables and fried potato. We ate sitting crossed legged on the floor, again how authentic? All of mine came to 80p and I was totally full up afterwards. Although, of course, I had space for a mixed fruit smoothie in a bar where Mungo got a Bintang, which was a lovely way to end my wonderful day in Ubud.