The Slow Road
Two Women Wandering the World
When the streets get full, motorbikes switch to the sidewalks
Palm and bamboo decoration outside a temple---in a Balinese town, it's always a festival day somewhere
A French-style bakery near our inn
One of bakers waves at Melissa
Our breakfast from the bakery, eaten on a bench in Denpasar's main square. (The cocnut croissant and the raisin danish were pretty good; the fruit jelly in the doughnut was awful; and the mango slices in the bag were a nasty surprise because they were pickled.)
Bali's vibrant tourist economy attracts workers from other Indonesian islands, most of which are Muslim
School kids at a fountain in the main square, where they had been having recess on the dusty grass
Just like in Dupont Circle in Washington, DC
A warung (small restaurant) where we ate several times. We had chicken soup, satay, and rice with various meat and vegetable side dishes (a common dish called nasi champur).
Anything can be made to fit on a bicycle . . .
. . . Or a motorbike
Crumbing sidewalks and zoomings motorcycles make Denpasar's streets a challenge for pedestrians.
Dinner from a streetside cart: freshly grilled pork satay in peanut sauce
A local shrine to some saintly man
A fancy house in Denpasar
A fancy house in a different style (built over a tailor's shop)
Note the prominent air conditioner (status symbol as well as comfort)
By far the fanciest house we saw anywhere in Denpasar. The driveway is flanked by large gold statues, winged lions, and cannons.
We were sure this was a temple or palace, but our landlady said it was just the home of some very rich people.
The section of Denpasar around our inn is a garment district, with many shops selling temple attire (Balinese woman generally wear lacy tops like these for ceremonies).
The nontraditonal architecture in Denpasar is a mishmash
This is reputed to be one of the best coffee shops in Denpasar (Melissa liked it)
A stand selling babi guling (rice accompanied by various pork dishes, including crispy pig skin). It tastes much better than it looks.
Getting babi guling to go