Though I have now lived in Indonesia* for a year and a half, it is just recently that I visited Bali eyfor the first time. We had a long weekend for Chinese New Year, and a group of eight girls jetted to Ubud, a forest situated inland from the tourist-filled beach towns.
The first morning of our trip, long before disaster struck (more on this soon), we headed into the monkey forest. Monkeys are not as huge a draw for me anymore, since they tend to be quite common throughout Indonesia, but I enjoyed my time there was glad that I tagged along.
Monkeys are just the funniest little creatures. They show so much expression!
Often times, monkeys here can be mean. Sometimes people will train them to steal things from tourists, so that they can get an easy pick-pocket off of an oo-ing and ah-ing visitor. Other times, monkeys simply want your food/toy/shiny object and take it. Thankfully, we did not have any such issues, but if you decide to visit the monkey forest, beware!
*For those of you who do not yet know this, Bali is actually not a country. It’s an island in Indonesia. This seems to be too common a mistake (amongst Americans specifically), so I thought I’d take this opportunity to educate, seeing as I’m a teacher and all 🙂