There are so many things to see, do, marvel at and about, and ponder in Ubud, Bali that it is difficult to know where to begin to write about the experience.
A mentor used to advise me to “just begin, my friend, one word at a time!”
Here is what we know , or think we know, about monkeys:
There are around 700 Balinese long tailed monkeys living in The Sacred Monkey Forest in downtown Ubud.
Ok, enough about monkeys.
Luwaks (Indonesian Palm Civet Cats)
We first heard about the Kopi Luwak coffee, allegedly the best and the most expensive coffee in the world from the movie Bucket List with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. Why someone would choose that this kind of coffee must be experienced before they die is beyond me.
How this coffee is harvested may be why it is so expensive. The coffee beans have been digested by the civet cat also called a luwak. The droppings (poop) of the luwak are then painstakingly collected, roasted, and sold as kopi luwak or casually called “cat poop coffee.” But, why it is considered “the best” is a big question once you learn how it is harvested it is a little challenging to even try. Suffice to say it turns our stomach. It seems like an elaborate joke started by the local farmers circumventing Dutch colonial laws from raising their own coffee beans back in the 1800’s. For more on the topic, enjoy the rabbit hole of cat poop history on the link.
At any rate, here we are in Ubud, walking along minding our own business when we look into a small cafe’ and observe these two odd looking animals. These “pets” are adorable, friendly and playful. That’s all Bev needed to know — she had a furry friend to play with. Turns out, they are both coffee fans.
We came to Ubud for a rest and to focus on Meditation, Yoga, and Food (an Eat, Pray, Love theme). Right out of the shoot we are presented with animals, Monkeys and Luwaks, which smacked a smile to our faces and joy to our hearts. Ubud was going to be a very special place indeed.
Caring for a couple of dogs and two horses in a small village in a foreign country can be daunting. But, not for us. We have done it before,
As International Trusted House Sitters we get to make new friends with all sorts of critters. The best part, however, is making new human friends with the home owners and neighbors.
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