Well our week started with our trip to Bali. It would be wonderful to take several days and just tour the island with a knowledgable guide. Our entire trip was arranged by a member who lives on the island. His name was Poliman. He owns a recycling and environmental advocacy company. He took time to guide us around when we weren't in meetings.
On day 2 we went to a monkey forest in Ubud where our hotel, the Suly Resord and Spa, was located. And there were monkeys everywhere!!! I had one climb up onto my head and shoulders for a banana - but your Mom got a picture of a monkey on some other guy!
This is a view under a stone arch bridge we crossed - just to give you an idea of the thick, jungle vegetation.
And the stone-work was incredible! No they aren't real, but they are life-size. Komodo Island is just three islands to the west of Bali, about 1 hour by air.
This is the "Monkey Forest Hindu Temple" located in the forest. Guests are welcome to enter if they are attired correctly, which means traditional Balinese clothing: For Men- Headress, Sarong, (sleeved shirt), and a scarf around waist; For Women - Sarong, Sabaya (or sleeved shirt), and "Saput Scarf" around the waist. All are welcome to join a religeous ceremony if properly attired.
Here I am with the superintendent of the forest. There are 5 bands of monkeys (about 600 total) in the forest, which is the level of population that he must maintain via monkey birth control. He is wearing a traditional head-dress.