I found the diary from that trip and it was interesting to read the portion on Bali. While I didn't keep detailed notes I did not have much that was positive to say about Bali. It shows how far I have come in my acceptance of what the world is really like. However now I can appreciate the fact that I saw it before all the discos, bars and Ozzie invasion.
What do I remember the most? A trip to the Sacred Monkey Forest. Yikes. Monkeys, monkeys and more monkeys.
It was my first experience with monkeys in the wild....and I learned what little varmints they could be. We had to guard our purses (no backpacks for me back then...I was a real little lady) as the monkeys would take every opportunity to steal them or anything in them. However the 'highlight" for me was when a monkey started walking towards me with a determined look on it's face - I quickly closed the case on my camera (which was hanging around my neck) which was a good thing as it climbed up my front, turned around and sat on my shoulders with it's paws on each side of my head above my ears. I was in hysterics screaming at my group to get it off of me and the rest of the group was in hysterics laughing. No one thought to take a picture. (now I'd be screaming "take a picture for my facebook profile picture"!!) I walked with his HEAVY monkey on me and was screaming to get it off me (no one helped me - they were still laughing) and laughing - quite the experience. I still can't believe no one took a photo! It was probably only three or four minutes but felt much longer. I was worried it was going to shit down the back of my pretty green pantsuit. (I said I was a little lady when I traveled back then...what went wrong?) I didn't even worry about it biting me or scratching me - just ruining my nice pantsuit! It eventually jumped off and I walked around for the rest of the afternoon with a very dirty top as the monkeys feet were very wet. Some of the older women on my trip were terrified I had gotten fleas - it hadn't even occured to me but all was well. It's a story I love to tell and something I will never forget. That's what I think of when someone mentions Bali!!!
|Temple in Monkey Forest|
|Balinese children - this is one of my all time favourite photos - I just wish she hadn't put her hand in front of her mouth!!!|
|We saw Balinese dancers - the gingham sarongs were on many statues around Bali.|
|Typical view of the rice paddies|
|Women carrying bags of ?????|