23 January 2012 1 of 2




(part 1)

Hinrich had planned a grand tour for the day, but the original tour vehicles didn't arrive, and when the replacements got stuck in Bali traffic we had to replan our day. We first visited the Bali Snake Park. I have been through Bali on half a dozen occasions in the past and never visited the place. In all honesty it did not match up to our hopes.

Bali Snake Park - disappointing
Savu python, Liasis mackloti savuensis,
a relative of the Macklot's python from Timor

Next we drove out to the Gunung Batur volcano where we had lunch overlooking the extensive larva flows and a giant caldera lake.

Gunung Batur volcano Stephanie, Aaren, Gloria & Melissa dine

Then we visited the Pura Desa Batuan temple where everyone had to wear sarongs.

At the temple: back row (l-r) Gloria, Sven, Caitlin, Hinrich, Scott, Stephanie, Melissa, front row Aaren, David, Justin & Zach (photo by Mark)

Finally, the Balinese cooking class in Ubud. The entire team participated, except myself since I was due to meet with Volker Kess, whom I knew from filming O'Shea's Big Adventure on Komodo in 2002. The cookery class was excellent, the students all learned very well and the meal was superb, eating on a covered verandah as tropical rains lashed down, a fitting end to the 'touristy' part of the trip.

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