On my return to the wonderful island of Bali, I decided to explore the ancient village of Tenganan. About a two-hour drive from our hotel in Seminyak, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, is a 250-hectare community village. Home to 750 families, it is somewhat secluded in the sense that villagers here live traditionally, mostly working as farmers and craftsmen.

Since it was located in the outskirts we decided to have late lunch before entering the village. While waiting for my Nasi, I took a walk to the farmlands where I saw some farmers harvesting. I smiled as I approached with my trusty camera in hand.

The farmers were happy to see me (I take it they may not get a lot of visitors this time of the year) and although I had been warned previously that locals may be unable to speak in English, they actually surprised me with their attempts at communicating. They could understand me perfectly, albeit in broken English. I took this as a sign of good things to come, I was very excited to be here and learn more.

The farm was along the roadside, part of Tenganan Village already. For a more in-depth experience, you have to drive a little bit more along a narrow path and enter the community itself. Kedak, our guide, waited for us by the entrance.

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