What Monkey Wants, Monkey Gets

As part of our Saturday exploration, we visited Monkey Forest in Ubud, a giant open space where monkeys wander freely and cajole tourists into buying them official monkey forest bananas.

When we first arrived, we read a long sign warning us to avoid doing things like looking into the monkeys’ eyes (it’s a sign of aggression) and trying to hide food from the monkeys (they will find it!) Plastic was also forbidden, so before entering the park, I made my way towards a trash can to dispose of Theo’s half consumed, half sealed plastic cup of water. However, the freely wandering monkey don’t actually seem to be constrained by the entrance/exit lanes (apparently, it’s only the people who need tickets) and there were several hovering in the vicinity, eying the plastic cup.

About halfway to the trash can, I suddenly felt a monkey climbing up the back of my skirt. Following the instructions on the sign, I promptly dropped everything I was carrying. The monkey jumped off me in pursuit of the cup. After prying it open and realizing there was only water inside, it seemed disappointed.

Anyway, the park itself was very nifty, with lots of monkeys, young and old, scampering among statues and temples.

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