Goa Gajah and the Monkey Forest

Okay so after a week of waiting for this blog to upload, it did. Only it uploaded completely blank… Insert four letter word here.

We found ourselves a full house in the same place as our friends and we got an amazing deal. 2 level, 2 bedroom, open air house with 3 beds, outdoor but covered kitchen and bathroom (not together) and a view of the rice fields from the bedroom window. The pic above is the pool that is shared by everyone who has a house here (roughly 10 houses).

Anyways, The French Connection rented a car and because they have spent 2 months here in Ubud, they toured us around a little bit. Our first stop was Goa Gajah known as the Elephant Cave. Of course now, many of the details have slipped my mind since I last wrote this blog. The opening of the cave was believed to have an elephant carved above it giving it the nickname.

The temple was built in the 9th century and was added as a world heritage site in 1995. There was a ruin rediscovered less than 100 years ago and was believed to have been buried under the dirt for over 1000 years. Now it has running water and is believed that if you wash your hands and face in the water it will bring you good fortune and health. I’m not superstitious but I’m not going to pass up an opportunity to be healthy and live a long life either

Yes, those are fish in the pond.

We went around and found a Buddhist temple too where a lady insisted we make an offering. So we did. Well.. she did as I stood there and she blessed me. Then asked me for a donation. I knew it was coming.

We spent some time walking around the rice fields which are just stunning to see. Pictures just don’t quite capture how amazing they really are.

Now lets get to the good stuff, the Monkey Forest! There are monkeys EVERYWHERE! And they are mischievous little assholes. A few simple thins to consider if you want to visit the monkey forest: 1) Don’t wear hats 2) Don’t put your glasses or sunglasses on top of your head 3) Don’t carry an open bag or purse. Make sure it’s zipped up 4) Don’t walk with your hands in your pockets or the monkeys will think you have something. Follow these simple rules and you shouldn’t get robbed by a monkey.

Most entertaining part of the day. I watched a monkey jump onto a girls back and distract her while another monkey snuck up and bit her on the toe. Call me an asshole but I laughed pretty hard when I saw this. There were also a handful of signs pointing to the first aid room, which suggests that there are more injuries than I would like to know about. When the monkeys bare their teeth at you, you back off.

Alas we had our final dinner with our extended family. They are off to Singapore and Turkey and we are sticking around Ubud to hike Volcanoes and go white water rafting. We moved to a smaller and cheaper accommodation that is closer walking distance to the center. We are very fortunate and grateful to have made such great friends on this trip and wish them the best. I’m sure we will run into them again in the future… somewhere on the road. Until then, we wish them safe and happy travels.

This blog doesn’t seem to want to upload pics. There are lots up on my facebook page though.

My blog on hiking Mount Batur is up already and I will have a blog up about our white water rafting experience as soon as I write it. Until then, thanks for all
the support everyone has shown us. I’m getting a lot of positive feedback and it’s greatly appreciated. Cheers.

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