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Published: June 21st 2017
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Monkeys on my head, monkeys opening my bag, reaching down my shirt, monkeys sitting on my lap! That was how I spent my day. I went to the Monkey Forest (and I'm going back again tomorrow to do it again because I loved it so much).
In Ubud, there is a Monkey Temple it's in a tropical jungle just outside of town. Cost me 10,000Rupia ($1) to hop on the back of my friend Eddie's motorbike and we were there in no time. (I'll tell you another time about the naming convention for the babies born in Ubud, it's pretty unique. And Eddie is an even more unique incarnation.)
The temple is a sacred place, so you have to wear a sarong to enter (men too!). They have a bunch avail for all the foreigners who didn't know the rules. Not me, I rode a motorbike in a sarong. Aww yeah.... I've bought three new ones since I've been here, a tank top, sarong and my Teva's is now my daily routine. Ohh and lots of pretty jewelry that I've gotten from the local artists of course. When I upload the videos from the Monkey Temple I'll share with
you the embarrassing one where a Monkey got the better of me, and my silver! Uh!
It was such a fantastic place, the air was wet with this mornings rain and all the monkey's were grooming, chilling, wrestling, occasionally rough housing. And there were a million little babies! OMG, OMG, I could die they were so cute. One even had it's umbilical cord still fresh on it, and it's Mom was nursing it while it sat on her tummy. I have pics, it was so great. She let me spend the better part of an hour with her, just sitting chilling. Until I pulled a banana out of my bag for her. She ate it, but within a few min the dominant male came strutting up to get his share and she was off. I paid my tariff and gave him the biggest banana in my bag, then the young males all game and used me like a playground trying to get into my bag for the rest.
All the Hindu temples in Ubud are made with orange and white brick, and covered in green mosses. They have intricate stone carvings and tiered levels that reach far up to the sky.
Monkey Temple, Ubud 3
Monkey owning my knee with every hand, except the one holding the banana!
The monkeys were all over it, perfect playing ground. I sat with three moms and their three infants for a while in one of the smaller temple rooms. When they close their eyes, their eyelids are white, and they look all done up!
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