Bali, Indonesia

After an amazing stay at Nihiwatu we moved on to Bali. My first visit to Bali was almost 15 years ago and it was nice to be back. Bali is a magical place filled with the essence of all things exotic. When we initially arrived in Bali we spent one night at the Ritz Carlton Nusa …


How to keep monkeys from stealing your breakfast.

How to keep monkeys from stealing your breakfast.

Every lodge we visited while in Africa warned us about “the monkeys”.  Apparently their sole intent is to roam around causing havoc wherever they go.  We were warned (repeatedly) to always lock our doors — not because of any threat from humans but because of baboons.  It seems they love mischief and are notorious for sneaking into the rooms, raiding the mini bars, rummaging through luggage and generally making a mess of things.

The smaller Vervet monkeys don’t cause as much destruction but do enjoy a free meal and aren’t shy about jumping right onto your table and snatching goodies off your plate.  By accident, the staff at Sweni discovered that if they placed a large picture of a leopard on the buffet table the monkeys wouldn’t sneak over and steal the food.  Sounds crazy, but apparently it works…  I’m sure the monkeys…

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