But first here are the photos from Ubud that I said I would post. Just so you know if there isn't much consistency in size or anything I don't really know how to control it on the app (which is what I'm using) but I think you'll all forgive me for that.
During the day we found this little snack right on the beach and ordered some Indonesian food and while it took a long time it was really tasty and we got to eat it in the shade right by the ocean, so definitely couldn't complain too much.
For dinner we went back to our guy in the shack but he was closed and we were really upset but we kept walking and found some great street food. Here I made a few mistakes. This guy was selling a rice, chicken, noodley dish in a paper cone that looked tasty so I ordered one (only $1) and he asked if I wanted chili sauce with it. After a moment of thinking I just said "yeah sure go on then a bit please" so he did. Mistake number one. Then after that, without tasting it first, I started mixing the chili sauce in with everything. That was mistake number two because I had no idea how spicy this was going to be. Now I love spicy food and I think I have a fairly high tolerance for it, but this thing nearly blew my head off.
If you're into Indian and know what a vindaloo is, it's spicier than that. By the end my eyes were watering, my nose was running and my mouth was on fire and it was rough let me tell you. It was delicious but I think maybe the next time I would opt to leave that chili sauce off.
We then went somewhere and ordered a dish called gado gado, which is a very traditional Indonesian dish. It's basically a variety of mixed vegetables sautéed in a peanut sauce and I really enjoyed it, now that I would certainly get again and it didn't blow my head off, which was nice.
Now today we flew to Banyuwangani (pronounced ban-oo-wahn-gah-nee) and the plan was to go and see the top of this volcano called Mount Ijen which looked absolutely amazing and has this giant really acidic sulfur lake on top, however we discovered after getting there what we read about the volcano was wrong. It turns out it was about an hour and a half of driving there and then 2 additional hours of walking. Since we were there for only the day we ended up not having enough time for it which was a bit of bummer, but it still turned out to be a really nice day.
We were being driven around by these two local guys, one owns this gorgeous homestay, and they drove us for hours through the mountains where we saw these incredible terraced rice paddies cut into the side of the mountains, then we saw a coffee plantation, watched some people making red sugar from scratch and ended the day having some coffee on the patio of his homestay place that looks like a temple. Here are some photos from the day.
It's been a lot of fun and although it wasn't what we were expecting it was still a great day and it was cool to be taken around with locals who told us lots of cool facts, like how most people in Indonesia speak two languages: Indonesian and then their local language, such as Balinese. Plus it's not everyday that you get to see rural Indonesia.
Tomorrow we head to Jakarta and I'm looking forward to that and it'll be nice to be back in a proper city. I've had a really good time in Bali and who knows, maybe we'll come back and when we do we'll plan accordingly to walk Mount Ijen.