North to Lovina

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This is the part of my journey were I am travelling alone. I thought I would be grateful for  some me time but I miss being part of a group and having people to share the day and to go out with.

I hired a driver (yes, you do that here) for $500,000 rupiah…$50 more or less…to take me the 3 hour drive from Sanur to Lovina in the north. We made 2 stops at the beginning of the trip. One was to the Taman Ayun Temple which has a $2,000 rupiah entrance fee but gullible me paid $15,000. I think the guy selling tickets spotted the folded $100,000 bills in my wallet. So basically I spent $1.50 Cdn instead of 20c.

After the temple we stopped at a tiny organic family run farm. Its amazing to me that the growers here grow a few trees of everything. There are not rows of coffee plants or cinnamon tress but one tree of this beside another tree of that. This little farm had coffee, cinnamon, saffron, cloves, jack fruit, star anise and the list goes on.

Okay I did buy a tiny bag of coffee beans, some saffron and star anise that I am hoping the Australian border will allow through. What I didn’t buy was the Lucak coffee…this is the kind that is derived when a mongoose eats the coffee beans, the beans ferment in his stomach, it comes out the other end and then the beans are collected, washed, roasted and sold at premium prices. There were 2 poor mongooses asleep in 2 small wire cages! The tour guide/owner told me they are happy in there and are very active at night. Sure..I believe you buddy. They are kept in the cages for 1 year! And later when I read the brochure it said the beans were picked up off the forest floor…….that’s marketing for you. In reality, the poop drops through the wire of the cage and is scrapped from wood planks just below. Its quite sad.

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2 Responses to North to Lovina

  1. Linda says:

    Good luck getting coffee beans through our customs. The trained beagles will sniff it out so I highly suggest you declare it on the form. I’m not coming to visit you behind bars over coffee beans! Will depend if it’s processed beans or not. And yes, I can be your chauffeur in Sydney. 😉

  2. triphappy says:

    will do 🙂 I will declare it.

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