Ubud, Bali: Monkey Forest

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.

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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.

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Monkeys are just the funniest little creatures.  They show so much expression!

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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 🙂

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