02.09.2009 38 °C
Since the last update we stayed in Ubud. Ubud is a large, bustling town full of boutique shops selling art work, jewellery and clothes. There are lots of lovely places to eat and spas dotted all over the place trying to persuade you to have a massage or manicure.
The ferry from Lombok back to Bali was an experience! We decided to get the public ferry this time and before it set off it was crawling with sellers. At one stage Gerald counted 17 directly around us selling everything from fruit to T-shirts to massive and dangerous looking knives! It took a lot longer than our previous journey as it is the ‘slow boat’ but it was a calm crossing and we had the joy of a movie too – a very odd Indonesian horror film!
On Sunday morning we headed down Monkey Forest Road (the road we stayed on) to – yes you guessed it – The Monkey Forest! It is a huge area just teaming with monkeys like the ones we saw at the side of the road on Lombok. They sell bananas at the entrance for you to scatter around for the monkeys to eat, they strongly advise that you don’t actually feed them or tease them with food or hide the food in your bags or clothing. We had met a girl in the Gili’s who had been in hospital due to a bite on the face from a monkey so we didn’t buy any food as I didn’t want to get that close. There was a cute little monkey eating a banana on a wall so I bent down to take a photo and it jumped onto my lap and continued eating the banana then it started to play with my necklace. Gerald persuaded me to attempt a smile for the camera before I ushered it off me! Anyway the monkeys seemed to like me as whilst we were watching some of them another decided to climb up onto my shoulder and just would not get off, it was playing with my hair and trying to take my glasses off and I was following the ‘rules’ of the place which instructed you to ‘walk slowly and they will jump off’ however it really didn’t work so instead of helping Gerald decided to video me!!! I’m pulling some great faces!
The rest of the time there was spent exploring the town and getting Gerald a haircut which cost £2.50 including a tip! I’m not sure we can carry on being so frivolous ;-p hee hee!
On Monday we headed to Lovina in the North of Bali, our last stop before heading off the island and onto Java. There is nothing great here, the beaches are full of locals trying to sell stuff, the beach is black sand so not that beautiful and although there are plenty of nice places to eat and drink and we are staying in a place with a great pool we have decided to head off to Java now.