Early this morning there was an earthquake! I woke up to a feeling of being rocked back and forth, but it stopped more or less as soon as I woke up. I could hear the people in my room talking and heard someone say “earthquake”. Elanor slept through it, but I could easily have done the same. Reading the news, the earthquake happened 40km off the Bali coast in the sea and there was no tsunami, although three people were unfortunately killed in East Java. The earthquake was measured at 6.0 magnitude. I will never forget Elanor’s face when I asked her if she had felt the earthquake: “What earthquake?!”
We had a lovely time walking around the Monkey Forest yesterday and meeting the inquisitive Balinese long-tailed macaque, but today Elouise, an Australian girl we met at our hostel, had hired a driver to drive us around a few places near Ubud. We each paid about £10 and we got “Goodday” as our driver for the whole day.
He picked us up at 9 and took us first to Taman Ayun Temple, which was only about 20 minutes away. The gardens of this temple were lovely and it is surrounded by a moat.
After that we arrived at Pura Ulun Danu Beratan water temple. The grounds are on the shores of Lake Baratan which look out at some mountains near Bedugul. It is such a lovely peaceful place, and not too hot!
Lastly we went to Banyumala twin waterfall. We had to walk through the jungle to get to the waterfall and it was very steep. Apparently the path had only been put in 6 months ago, and before that people literally had to fight their way through the jungle so it is still quite unknown. There were some tourists there but also some locals. The water here is so clear and cool and our driver told us that it flows down from the mountains, where as the other waterfall we went to had greeny water because it comes from the rice fields. It was the first time in Bali that I had actually been cold, but you need to be cold because the climb back up to the car through the jungle is steep uphill. I love the sound of rushing water and I could have stayed there all day!