Never carry a Banana into a Forest full of Monkeys
Trip Start Dec 26, 2011
11Trip End Feb 08, 2012
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So since I am now a monkey expert, lol, I enjoy the pure entertainment of just sitting and watching the non-monkey expert tourists get jumped on, and get their newly purchased bananas swiped before they even have time to pull out their camara
Today we decided to walk into town after a lovely breakfast once again brought to our terrace. One way to get to the village , is to cut thru Monkey Forest. Sara and I are monkey lovers and have been around them before, but Erika, is a little Leary of the friendly creatures,actually a little freaked out by them ,and is a monkey novice, so we took it slow and I gave her some monkey advise,,,,walk with confidence, and DONT bring any food in with you.
There are alot of Monkeys that call this jungle home, hundreds of them. Walking thru here is like walking into a Indiana Jones Movie. The forest is a dense jungle and there are huge tall trees with vines hitting the ground, Balinese statues covered with moss,hidden temples where the monkeys live, and rivers running thru it all, and hundreds of monkeys, yes, hundreds.
After some shopping in the village , and some lunch, the girls decided to call for a a ride back to our villa ( yes , our place even has valet service :) I decided to walk back to our hotel, and cut back thru the monkey forest.
It was a fantastic idea, until it started to rain, and then really pour down rain. So I found a old temple that a few other tourists were gathering seeking shelter as well, and I spent several hours, just waiting out the rain in a forest full of monkeys. They didn't seem to like the rain too much as well, and lots of them just hung out with us, waiting for the skies to clear.The monkeys are very playful, and were noticing any jewerly expecially some gold jewelry that a woman standing next to me was wearing. They followed her around and even tried taking off her watch and walking away with it.
Several hours later, and not wanting to spend my new years eve with a bunch of monkeys, as much as I enjoy them...I decided to make a dash for a nearby cafe shop just outside the forest gates. A nice cup of chai tea, sounded great , and a handmade coconut macaroon came aside my tea as well. what a nice little bonus! It wasn't more than a few seconds after my tea was delivered that a very observant monkey sitting just outside the cafe in a nearby tree, jumped onto my table and was off with that macaroon on my plate quicker than I knew what had just happened,and of course before I had a chance to try it! And I call myself a monkey expert,,,, Guess I still have a lot to learn!