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    Tropical Storm Tour: Bali Part 5

    Saturday, August 29, 2015
    Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

    Heading toward the Subak Juwuk Manis rice field in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
    Heading toward the Subak Juwuk Manis rice field in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

    A Hindu shrine set up at the Subak Juwuk Manis rice field in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
    A Hindu shrine set up at the Subak Juwuk Manis rice field in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

    Heading past the Subak Juwuk Manis rice field in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
    Heading past the Subak Juwuk Manis rice field in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

    A Hindu shrine set up at the Subak Juwuk Manis rice field in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
    A Hindu shrine set up at the Subak Juwuk Manis rice field in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

    A trail with a view in the Subak Juwuk Manis rice field in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
    A trail with a view in the Subak Juwuk Manis rice field in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

    Late this afternoon, I went on a walk north of Ubud on a trail that passed through a rice field called Subak Juwuk Manis. Starting out as a narrow singletrack that snaked its way among various buildings and walled-off family compounds set in between deep, steep ravines, the trail eventually opened up as it emerged from the dense foliage and proceeded on out into the rice fields. Although I enjoyed a few scattered moments of sunlight that radiated down upon every surface, our nearest star unfortunately got mostly blocked out by a bunch of grey and black clouds.

    Another scenic view in the Subak Juwuk Manis rice field in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
    Another scenic view in the Subak Juwuk Manis rice field in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

    Enjoy the rustic charm of Jalon Kajeng in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
    Enjoy the rustic charm of Jalon Kajeng in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

    A close-up of some rustic charm on Jalon Kajeng in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
    A close-up of some rustic charm on Jalon Kajeng in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

    A well-worn family compound door on Jalon Kajeng in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
    A well-worn family compound door on Jalon Kajeng in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

    A bowl of vegetable soup at the Three Monkeys in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
    A bowl of vegetable soup at the Three Monkeys in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

    After a couple of kilometers, the trail hung a sharp right and shortly joined Jalon Kajeng, a narrow paved lane which offered a pleasant and scenic stroll past family compound gates, warungs, villas and villages–eventually meeting Jalon Raya Ubud, the town’s main east-west road. For dinner, I stopped by the Three Monkeys, where I was dismayed to find out they no longer serve gado gado. Hmmm, I wonder why they changed their menu? I opted for a bowl of vegetable soup instead, which went down well out back with a super nice view of some calm and lovely rice fields.

    Words and photos ©2015 Arcane Candy.

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