Never carry a Banana into a Forest full of Monkeys

Trip Start Dec 26, 2011
Trip End Feb 08, 2012

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Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Saturday, December 31, 2011

I have learned my lesson some time ago in Malaysia with my friend Maureen about falling for how fun it would be to feed the cute monkeys while in a tourist location. where they call home.  One swipe and those bananas that I had just purchased were gone, and luckily they left my purse that I was carrying them in. Those monkeys are quick, and believe me, they know when you have some bananas. They have a scout that watches you purchase them at the entrance of the park, and see you try to hide them in your backpack, they tell all their other monkey friends. You think you are being sneaky by hiding them , saving them for the cute ones. And as soon as you reach into your bag to grab one out, they surround you, and even jump on top of you to grab every last one of those bananas before you have a chance to even know what just happened.
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!
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