This Friday, I bring to you: new lovers.
Mark (the human on the left) and his new mate share a moment at the Uluwatu Temple in Bali, Indonesia. This was a particularly interesting day, as we set out to be temporary tourists for the afternoon and visit one of the most popular temples on the island. A walking path to and from the temple (which you cannot actually enter, just peer into) is a monkey’s playground. Bananas are sold at the front entrance and nearly every visitor comes with fruits in hand. You can tell the alpha males quickly from the others, some are so engorged by their years of tourists that they sit stationary, allowing their bellies to grow more pronounced each year. It was odd to see an overweight Macaque.
This young gun however is a bit more agile and playful. He jumped on Mark’s back to inspect his hair for insects and food. They are incredibly curious and conniving, stealing from purses and backpacks, swiping sunglasses and hair-clips, cameras and iPhones. Luckily we had nothing to steal.
At A Glance
For an entry fee of 20,000 Indonesian Rupiah (about 2$), another 20,000 IDR for bananas for the monkeys and anywhere between 20,000 – 50,000 IDR for an Indonesian monkey bodyguard (he carries a slingshot to keep away the feisty ones). Relative to other tourist attractions in more Westernized countries, this is an affordable afternoon.