Just another amazing day!!!!! We had a tour set up with Puji and headed out around 6:30 this morning to explore the local villages and culture. I went with Gisela, Chas, Michael & Susan, we all had a fabulous time. First we headed to Babadan Village market, where we had a great time. The people were so friendly and we bought a fair amount of produce... We sampled a lot of foods and, of course, I had to bring back a couple of kilos of hot chilies for the crew. It was wonderful interacting with all the people there, they were so friendly and didn’t mind a photo or two which worked pretty well for me. Once we had our fill we headed off to the Gedong Songo Temple. It is a massive (geographical area wise), Hindu Temple Complex. It had its beginnings around the 8th century so it has a bit of age. To make it really interesting, we went on horseback to speed things up a bit. It is such a large area with steep inclines so it may have taken too much time of foot. Along the way, we had a great exchange with a large group of students who wanted to take photos together.... May have some new blog followers, who knows. Then we headed to a very scenic area, Umbul Sido mukti that had spectacular views and a great restaurant for lunch at the top. After lunch we headed back toward the port, stopping along the way for some interesting photos. It was a simply a wonderful day with some great friends...... Puji did a great job! This is the first of three parts.