But first, we stopped off at a coffee plantation to sample the famous Luwak coffee. For those of you who are not aware, the Luwak is a rodent-like creature with a taste for only the finest coffee beans. The Luwak, however, is not able to digest the entire bean, and what's left over is sifted out of the Luwak's droppings, roasted, and brewed into coffee that sells for upwards of $100 per pound. And we got to sample some. Whatever else they might say about the Balinese, they are marketing geniuses. For only a true salesman could convince the masses to drink liquid poo, and pay mightily for the privilege.
At one point, we passed by an elementary school. Nyoman asked our guide if we could stop in to say hello to the kids. The teacher agreed and a handful of our group introduced ourselves to the students. They loved Paul & Nyoman because they kept calling each other crazy to make the kids laugh.
After the school, we stopped at a local village home to learn about how the typical villagers live. When two people get married, the bride usually moves into her husband's family compound where the couple will live in their own home next to his siblings, parents and sometimes grandparents. The compound consists of several small houses, a family shrine and an open air pavilion where certain ceremonies take place. Behind the compound is a garden and where they keep livestock.
After our wonderful bike tour, our group had lunch at a local restaurant. It was Nyoman's birthday so Paul made an announcement and the entire group sang Happy Birthday at the lunch table. The Balinese typically don't celebrate birthdays (many don't know the day of their birthday) so Nyoman was a little shy at first, but accepted the congratulations graciously.
That night, we headed back into town to eat at one of Nyoman's favorite spots in town, the Deli Cat, where we had great steaks with mushrooms and potatoes!
Last Day in Bali
The next day we had to catch a flight to Kuala Lumpur, Myanmar. Before we left, Nyoman took us on a walk through his village to see a beautiful, remote, water temple and fancy yoga retreat.