We arrive into Ubud, Bali late in the evening, find our rooms, shower and pass out. Ninety minutes later I awake to a shrills, shrieks, screaming. Scared out of my mind initially, hair standing on end, and still in a daze I can’t really move. Is this thing going to come in my room? Where in the world are we? My phone immediately lights up and it’s Grace, texting. "Do you hear that? I think it's a Lizard and is going to kill me." I didn’t even turn towards Liz, and she did not move. So I thought she was out cold although at the time I was not sure how.
This goes on and on for a good hour or so. The noise becomes more familiar. The only way to know is get up, grab a camera so authorities know what happened to us, and check things out. I hit record and snuck out the door to the balcony that over look the street below. I see men and an enormous pig in a round cage. It is deceased. The other pig is having its snout wrapped tight to muffle the noise. They proceed to end the animals life by making an incision at its throat. They begin to gather the blood in a basin of sorts. “Well, at least that is over.” , or so I think.
I lay down to hear another sound, and with it comes a very odd smell. Out of bed I have to see this. Flame throwers, ok maybe not a flame thrower, but a big gas torch. They are burning the hair off the creature. This noise and smell last for another hour.
When they are finally done, the alarm goes off. Not a phone or watch alarm but natures. We are insisted to get up by the roosters caged 50 feet from our door. Doors which are beautifully carved, but have open windows at the top.
I was ready to leave immediately. I was not convinced at this point, we were at the right place. Pig's screaming, preparing them in the road, the many temples. If this is what I can expect for the next month, I'm ok with missing that party. The next day I spoke with our amazing host. Everyone was woke up, and he assured me things would be different. Everything, but the roosters. I could count on that! We came during a time for celebration and offering at the temples, and that is why the pigs were prepared.
I had to remind myself, "This is why we came to Ubud. To understand the culture and the people." I am more than glad we stayed, I would go back in a minute and will most definitely miss that place!
Here of pictures of the street below our place. I have provided a link to the pig cleaning only. youtu.be/9tEINHPOheg
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