last month's Khmer New Year is the biggest holiday in Cambodia & gave us some time off for a holiday in Bali (not necessarily a much needed holiday, since there are so many in Camobida, but a much enjoyed holiday, nonetheless). last august we found amazing flight deals & bought them with some friends, so we'd been looking forward to this excursion to beautiful bali for a long while.
& bali definitely lived up to all of our expectations! the country is unbelievably green & lush & the mountains are breathtakingly beautiful.
highlights included boogie boarding in the biggest & more powerful waves i've ever seen, snorkeling among bright, dreamlike tropical fish & an old japanese shipwreck, visiting an island temple, bicycling through rice terraces, eating peanut sauce & chicken satay at every opportunity, tasting the infamous luwak coffee (more on that later) & the chance to harvest rice with some balinese farmers.
while daniel & i were biking around ubud, in central bali, we came upon these rice farmers who showed us the ropes & had a good time smiling & laughing with us. here is a brief video clip of daniel. my favorite part in the great peals of laughter coming from the women.