Bali

I knew, of course, that it used to be busier. I was told, by taxu drivers, locals - the tourists used to come in droves, but that was before the bombs. 2002, 2005 - it was quieter now. But I wasn't looking for droves, I was looking for beauty. People just got in the way of that.

I ended up with monkeys! I was tired of the beach after a while and travelled to Ubud - looking this time for culture. I ended up at the sacred monkey forest (who the hell has a sacred monkey forest, I though - this I had to see...). The entrance was guarded, seemingly, by two giant stone statues - monkeys, of course. I wandered around for most of the day and there were statues all around. I stood in front of one for ages, just looking, until I was driven away by a chattering monkey - think I was on his patch or something. I didn't stay in one place for long after that.

It's humid inside - high rainfall and a covering of trees gives to that. And the forest itself - overrun by monkeys who come right up to you after bananas! I was told what kind of monkey they were, but I can't remember now - but they were cute. Cheeky as hell, but cute! One of them followed me down the path, trying to steal my sunglasses before I finally heeded what I'd been told back at the entrance and, of course, completely ignored, and I put them in my bag, much to the annoyance of the monkey.

I always thought of forests as peaceful places. And, in bits, this was - the temples, they were something. An air about them - what is it about religious buildings? Any religion. They just seem... peaceful. But the monkeys - well, you have to smile, don't you?

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Everybody loves monkeys!

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I dunno - I saw one of them nick this guy's wallet. He really didn't look like he loved monkeys :-P

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Hmmm... I have Bali Hai stuck in my head now.

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Come away, come away.

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In my dreams maybe.

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You and me both.

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Okay. Been too involved in Esme's books now. Mind is going off somewhere. -_-;

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You got books then?

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A couple. They're not really my thing though.

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I suppose the library's empty. Online?