Sideman

One hour’s drive inland from Amed covering 60km finds me in Sideman known for stunning views of rice paddies. I have my photocopied hand-drawn map and will explore later on.

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Sweet. Almost ready to hit the road…and the bridge

Local life

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Very handy street signs telling you what’s on this road. I like the simplicity of it and having time to read and work it all out.

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The broken bridge

Broken by a truck full of sand trying avoid tolls (i think). He scarpered , apparently not from Bali.

Broken by a truck full of sand trying avoid tolls (i think). He scarpered, apparently not from Bali. Doesn’t stop locals using it though

Ready steady go

Ready steady go

There's no reason not to use this bridge

There’s no reason not to use this bridge…

The abandoned resort

Following the map to the rice fields walk, I came upon a huge swimming pool that was in a sorry state. Following the well-maintained footpath, I discovered buildingsĀ (presumably the guest accom) with just their shells, ponds and communal buildings all left to nature. I was told this had been a classy retreat spa/resort owned by an American who sold to a Balinese when not making enough money. The Balinese is wealthy but I’m not sure why he bought this place and left it.

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Love this wee footbridge

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The shrines look in good nick

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What Sideman’s all about
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Rice seedlings getting some growth on before planting out

Rice seedlings getting some growth on before planting out

Ricefields Sideman

Ricefields Sideman

Mount Ajung where the gods came from

Mount Ajung where the gods came from

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Krishna Homestay
Staying at Krishna Homestay which has an organic fruit garden from which they use the produce in the resto. There’s a shady platform to eat in which sits over a pond that has the nibbly pedicure fish.

natural pedicure

natural pedicure

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Krishna homestay

Krishna homestay

From the hammock, watching enormous black butterflies

From the hammock, watching enormous black butterflies

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