Our day began with a driver picking us up at our resort in Ubud and being driven for 25 minutes to the Kedewatan district local markets, on arriving here we were introduced to our host for the day Sang Made and fellow travellers Tanja and Ed, whom we would share this experience with.
Already we had an insight of just how interesting this day would be, Made explained the foods, where they came from, how they were used in cooking or for ceremonial purposes, we were all captured by his charisma and engrossed in the information being presented.
As we stood there listening, one of the locals walked into the middle of us all to offer us some chewing tobacco, he had very few teeth himself and took great joy in showing us how to chew the tobacco into a ball and to stick it under the tongue. We were all laughing as he endeavoured to have us try his wares, he was a real character, leaving him there we proceeded down a steep drive into the markets proper, ahead of us was a very muddy road, lined either side by stalls selling a variety of foods, fruits, flowers and all the essentials for making the daily offerings.
Coming out the other side we were again outdoors and walking in boggy mud through to a paved area, where woman sat plucking flowers petals into huge baskets, these flowers are used in the offerings, alongside the baskets of flowers were snake beans and various fruits, it was sunny while we were there, I could only imagine how miserable it may be when the rain comes down.
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