Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Sidemen, Bali.. The countryside

We headed out to east Bali in a small village town known as Sidemen for our next stay, a first for us.  Sidemen really captured our hearts. 
After an hour and a half of a curvy, mountainous drive from Ubud, we checked into Sawah Indah Villas.  We were in awe of the scenery! Sawah Indah is at the foot of the mountains amongst rice terraces, crop fields and the most beautiful gardens. The best thing to do there besides relax in the infinity pool and take in the beauty is to walk around the country roads and check out the villages.  We had the best time walking around the rural town.  Everyone was unbelievably friendly!  Farmers would throw up their hand to say hello while working in the fields, and the children loved practicing their English with us.  After a rain shower the village kids stream raced little palm leaf hand made toys, and I think we had just as much fun watching as they had playing.  On our way back, a small girl around 4 picked a frangipani flower and held out her arm from across the road for me to come get it from her.  It was the sweetest gesture from the sweetest smiling face.  
While we really loved the little town of Sidemen, we cut our stay short to head to Pan Pacific.

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