We begin our hike toward the village of Kepitu.
We came upon an Ogoh Ogoh statue built by the village Banjar. The Banjar is like a city council and is an integral part of all village life. Male heads of each family meet at the Banjar pavilion near the "Pura Desa", or village temple, and decide on ceremony dates and other issues. The Ogoh Ogoh is usually a mythological demon figure to be paraded on the eve of "Nyepi" (Balinese New Year.) Most villages have a parade where the statues are paraded and then burnt in the evening as a symbol of purification.
For first time Bali visitors it can be visually jarring with all the commercialism and modernity in many of the coastal towns like Kuta and Seminyak. To see the real Bali one must venture to small villages. On our walk we passed a women doing her laundry in the local irrigation canal.
School girls sit on the steps of a tiny village shop called a "warung". Local restaurants can also be called a "warung" as well.
Marla has her picture taken with the teacher at Kepitu School.
The boys play before school begins.
The children are responsible to clean the school. They often bring small brooms to sweep the classroom and even scythes to cut the grass.
We passed a woman carrying "Durian" on her head. Considered a delicacy by some, many find the aroma overpowering and disgusting! Many hotels in Southeast Asia have "No Durian" signs at the front desk.
Marla navigates a narrow part of the path through the rice fields.
A farmer works his rice field. Rice is an important part of the Balinese diet.
We had a wonderful morning enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of rural village life. Tonight is the Ogoh Ogoh parade in Ubud and tomorrow is Nyepi, the Balinese New Year and "Quiet Day."