9/13 – After four weeks at the beach, it was time for our last move within Bali – to the town of Ubud. Further north and in the center of the island, Ubud was the setting of the last part of the book Eat, Pray, Love, where the heroine finds love among the rice paddies. We saw plenty of young female travelers here, perhaps looking to reenact that chapter.
We are staying at a small guesthouse with an outdoor kitchen and a tropical pool. What to do during our last week? We walked down the main street to visit a Hindu temple, and watched a procession in progress.
There is a mural on the road to our guest house that shows in comic form some things we may expect to encounter when we visit Ubud’s main attraction, the Monkey Forest, tomorrow. Can’t wait!
9/14 – The Sacred Monkey Forest Temple, an ancient Hindu burial temple complex, welcomes about 15,000 visitors a month. The actual temple areas are closed to visitors, but make a lovely backdrop for an afternoon of monkey viewing.
The monkeys are tubby and tame from accepting bananas from tourists, but we were warned not to make eye contact, and not to tease or try to hide food from a monkey. No peanuts are permitted, as they make the monkeys aggressive.
Mamas and babies: