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Goldring Travel Experiences Azamara Club Cruises in Asia - Is it Amazing" Part III (Bali and Komodo Island)

My short day in Bali (the Azamara Quest was scheduled to depart at 2:00 p.m.) was, at my design, to be that of a tourist.  I know.  I know.  Eric being a ?tourist? is not possible. Oh, but it was?and I am not doing it again!  (But as you will see, if you look...and take a moment now and again...there is beauty and knowledge to be found, even while being the typical tourist.)
Even though this my first time in Bali everyone I have spoken to has led me to one conclusion:  If you are not surfing, drinking, hanging on the beach (or all of the above) or staying in a luxury hotel there isn?t much worth doing in Bali.  So, as I had the day and the opportunity I planned on doing one of the most touristic things I could:  An Elephant Safari.
My guide and driver pick me up at 8:00 a.m. and takes me to the Elephant Park in Ubud, which is about 1.5 hours away and in the mountains.  Driving in Balinese rush hour traffic (chaos) was interesting, once we made it out of the city, we had some very interesting discussions about the Hindu religion (all of Indonesia is Muslim except for Bali), architecture and philosophy.  We even got into a discussion about the Chinese influences and how Cambodians have combined Buddhist and Hindu religions.
A local Hindu temple (one of hundreds) in Bali
A priest praying and giving offerings for a good harvestAs we got out of the ramshackle towns we encountered some beautiful scenery with lush rice paddies.
Flooded rice fields in Bali, Indonesia
And then we arrived at the Elephant Safari Park?and I am trapped in tourist hell.  What did I get myself into"  Did I do this for any reason other than to warn others NOT to do it"  It doesn?t matter because here and I and I shall dutifully fulfil my mission to complete my elephant safari.
Let?s just say my ?safari? was little more than the same elephant ride you get at the Bronx Zoo in New York City, but it lasts 30 minutes, the foliage is more lush and, believe it or not, there is more car noise.  I have included two embarrassing photos.  (I figure if I voluntarily put them out there I will be protecting myself from any future blackmail attempt.)

That done, we left as quickly as possible.  I said I wanted to stop at some place for local Balinese food, but it was still morning so not much was available.  I was so looking forward to trying some Balinese roasted pig, but that was not to be.
However, my guide asked me if I liked coffee.  I said yes, so we stopped at Kopi Luwak Negari.  I thought it was a coffee shop, but it actually is a very well laid out tourist stop where you can learn about and, of course, purchase the world?s most expensive coffee, Kopi Luwak.  (Jack Nicholson?s coffee in The Bucket List.)  Wandering along a path guided by a local girl I am told about the different types of coffee plants, shown specimens of each, and then various dried coffee and tea products...
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