Exploring Central Bali.
We hired a car and did a private tour of the "Mother" Temple, the Holy Spring Temple, the Elephant Cave and Lake Batur. The Mother Temple, Besakih, showed us another side of Hindu temples from what we saw in India. Under a volcano, Lake Batur was foggy and raining, but cleared briefly enough to permit a couple of photographs. The air is thick here--it's the rainy season, and thus very humid. The locals are hungry for work; they're struggling because the tourist numbers are down. Still they smile, and it's contagious. Tomorrow, I've signed up for a Balinesian cooking class.