Day 3—Tour of Bali with Pak Astika

Our final day started out with breakfast on the beach and Pak Astika explaining the day’s itinerary. First stop, the local temple for morning prayer before we go over the mountains again.

The local priest sprinkled holy water on our heads. The right hand is then cupped in the left and filled with holy water, three times for drinking then three times to wash the head and face. This is followed by pressing grains of rice to our foreheads and throat.

We were good to go!

On our way to Pura Luhur Batu Karu we drove through the large area of Tabanan, which has the most fertile land in Bali and known as the "rice basket". The landscape is green with rice terraces streaming down the mountains and as far as the eye can see. Pak Astika said Tabanan was famous for its red rice which is nutty and delicious. There were many people working the fields that day, so Astika took Jerry down to cut some rice with the locals using their sickles or handheld knives.

A quick sketch of the rice terraces looking back towards the mountains we just traveled over while sitting in the back seat of the car.