The Slow Road
Two Women Wandering the World
A fishing village on Bali's very dry eastern coast (when the rains come, the terraces will be green with corn and peanut plants)
In eastern Bali, cotton grows on trees!
We stopped to visit a weaving cooperative in Seraya (this is like the backstrap looms that women in Guatemala use, but the wooden beam in back lets the cloth be wider)
The style of weaving done in Seraya
We also visited a village coop specializing in coffee and herbal teas, where we got lots of free samples
An Asian palm civet, a small ferret-like animal that eats coffee berries. It's thought to pick the very best ones, so after the coffee beans have gone through its digestive tract, they're collected, washed, and processed into coffee.
Two civets enjoying a midday nap
A woman (who proudly announced that she's 75) roasting coffee beans collected from civets to make "kopi luwak"
After roasting, the beans are ground with a morter and pestle
Various local spices can be added to . . .
. . .To make the final products (Chris loved the lemongrass tea, and Melissa said the civet coffee was very strong and not bitter)
Woven baskets dry in the sun in Tenganan, a village of weavers and basketmakers
The plainest house door we've seen in Bali (but still with hiches to hold the daily offerings)
Masks, a small shrine, and ceremonial cloth wrapped around a huge banyan tree
A hollowed-out log hung as a beehive; lifting away the coconut-shell end reveals the bees and the honey.
Harvesting and threshing rice
Cut stalks are beaten on a stone to shake loose the rice grains
A pile of golden rice grains collects on the tarp
Harvesting the rice with a small sickle