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Miranda Losman Kintamani - Wednesday 20/12/78 - cloudy, cold & rainy

We had our usual breakfast at the bungalows and then got dressed in our sarongs and sashes to go to a soul cremation up the road. The person had been cremated one month before and this cremation was for her soul. They cremated a piece of sandalwood for her soul. There were literally thousands of offerings of rice and other little things. We then set off for Kintamani which was an uphill drive all the way. It was cloudy and towards the end we were driving in the clouds. By the time we reached Kintamani it was very cool so we donned jeans and jumper. We are staying at Miranda Hotel. The rooms are dark, smelly and dirty. The toilet is a squat one and the bath a dipper bath.

After eating toasted banana sandwiches we drove to Penelekon to look at the markets which are a tourist rip off with absolutely nothing to buy. The view is quite magnificent looking from a cliff into a big valley and then at the volcano Mt. Baten which is still active and was smoking. Then there is a huge beautiful lake. Most of the valley looks like a desert as it has huge dried lava flows. The last eruption was in 1963, but it spits out lava regularly. Kinkamani is a pretty damp nothing looking village except for the great views.

It then started to absolutely pour down with rain and we drove a few km to the Kintamani Restaurant which is a huge place. By this time we were freezing cold and drenched. We ordered a chicken soup and 1 coke and with 20% tax it cost us 3000 rp. What a rip off! We drove back to the Miranda and sat in the lounge-dining room for the rest of the afternoon and evening. We lit a fire in the fireplace which was beautiful and sat around reading, paying chess and cards. For dinner I ordered fried pork which was inedible and like shoe leather. We had a few hassles and will be glad to leave tomorrow.

Dressed for the funeral

Dressed for the funeral

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Indonesia

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