well our amazing 10 days in bali has come to an end, as i write this i am back sitting at my desk at home and the tastes, smells and sights are already starting to gently fade!
i havent posted any pics of merrick’s amazing javanese house this trip so above you can see the external walls, the house is more than 200 years old and needed about 10 coats of paint removed as part of the restoration. the floorboards are up to 12” wide and the roof joists are all fitted together with secret joints.
the koi in the pond are about 14 years old and HUGE!
merrick will rent out his house for longer term stays and kai is desperate for us to stay there next time, not because of the amazing house, nor the 10,000 DVD’s or the 4m pet python, nor the home theatre cave with bed that you can swim into like a cave from the pool, or the beautiful kitchen. Nope, none of those things, its the full size snooker table that has won him over!
one of our all time favourite meals in bali is the chicken satay with lontong that is sold by street vendors from their little carts with a portable char grill on them. the lontong is a sort of compressed rice cake made by steaming rice inside a banana leaf roll. I had spotted a cart not too far from the villa, so for our last dinner before going to catch the plane i walked up and got the ubiquitous plastic bag of sate ayam lontong,
inside is revealed the superior brown paper package with rubber band, and that opens out to present the yummy dish in all its glory, tiny chook kebabs char grilled, in spicy satay sauce, with slices of lontong. in a word, scrumptious! Oh, and about $1.20!
so we leave the beautiful isle of bali, and its warm, loving, helpful people, perfect climate and some of the very best food in the world - whether its the cheapest street food or dishes from one of the many world class restaurants here. terima kasih, sampai jumpa!