Greeted by a bright sun a soft breeze Mr. Z and I set off early with our tour guide who had arranged for us to spend the morning steeped in Balinese tradition.
Our day was set to start with a traditional play highlighting the battle between good and evil but most importantly how one cannot exist without the other.
We continued on to one of the most poplar stops in Bali, the monkey forest in Ubud.
Open forest with the tallest trees you have ever seen that wrap and twist their roots around ancient ruins.
On top of all of this are the monkeys.
Four different large family groups who have shared this forest for generations all roam freely here.
And of course, with the lure of a banana these guys are happy to relax on your shoulder.
Don’t worry, without the allure of food these guys will give you space should you want your distance.
Zach and I both decided to play the tourist card and feed the animals.
Surprisingly they are very soft. I imagined being completely wild and running through the forest that their fur would be rough to the touch.
To my surprise and delight, it was actually as soft as a rabbit and their little hands and fit as soft as a babies.
Even with tourists and monkeys running about you only have to take a moment to realize this place is anything but a soulless tourist attraction.
The ancient temples are still in daily use here by the local people who didn’t even seem to notice us foreigners.
This adds an invaluable quality to the country that you must experience to fully appreciate and understand.
Our wonderful day excursion ended just outside of the monkey forest at the Ubud Royal temple.
Returning to our hotel we quickly dusted ourselves off from a day of exploration and set out again to a beautiful dinner.
We couldn’t believe we were coming up to our last days in Bail.
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