Monday, March 30, 2015

Monkeys in Bali!

I'm really not a big fan of monkeys. When we were planning our Bali trip, I specifically asked that we skip the (in)famous Monkey Forest because I had no desire to see, touch, or be bitten by a monkey. But as we drove back to Denpasar, we saw the monkeys and everyone wanted to stop and see them. I was too scared to get out of the van, so I hung out the window and made the most of my zoom lens!

Despite my fear, they were actually pretty cute. Many of them are silly and actually kind of sweet, and they kept us laughing with their goofy antics and cute babies.

At one point, they waited til the banana seller was distracted to pilfer a few snacks from her bag. Bad monkeys!

This little guy totally fell for my Kiwi cousin. He stayed in his arms a long time, casually patting his chest to ask for another snack. Cute!

Despite one cute monkey, my general dislike of them remains unchanged. I'm just happy I have brave cousins who gave me some good photo ops!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Follow me to the Temple

Following the grave dedication and lunch, we decided to stop at a local temple before heading back to our hotel. We had all worn white to the dedication (to symbolize life and hope for the future) so it was a bit funny to see a group of people completely clad in white exploring the temple grounds.

more pictures to come!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Bali Snorkel Adventure

Snorkeling has long been on my bucket list. So when my cousins proposed hiring a boat and going snorkeling, I couldn't wait! I threw on a swim suit, grabbed my camera, and raced down to the beach.

After a short boat ride, we stopped at a secluded area just for snorkeling. The water was clear, and you could see coral and brightly colored fish darting in and out.

It took a minute to get used to the flippers and snorkel gear, but soon I was paddling around, exploring the underwater world. There were so many different creatures-from fish in every color of the rainbow to giant electric blue starfish and spiky coral.

I'd brought along a disposable waterproof camera for the day, but the pictures were atrocious and not worth sharing. Too bad.

After snorkeling for a while, I managed to swim into a school of tiny, transparent jellyfish...with stingers. I swam away in time to see that my Kiwi cousin had suffered a similar fate, and we returned to the boat to wait on the others to return.

The sun was starting to set, so we decided to head back to land.

When we got back to shore, my cousin was swarmed by local women and children trying to sell souvenirs. Since I'm a terrible haggler, I hung back with my other cousin (who deflected any attempts to sell him things by answering questions in Maori).

We arrived back in time for fruit juice and the sunset. Excellent day.