Before going in the monkey forest Grumpy had give us a basic Balinese way of thinking lesson. Here people think of things in groups of 2. Men/women, sky/earth, pretty/ugly. They also think that things that are bad must once again become good. That is why he explained that he had a necklace of a swastika & that you would see it around Bali (which I had) . The people here do not dispute that it was a bad sign in the past, but they feel it has been bad to long & know must be good (2 sides). It was an interesting talk that also covered things like why people from Bali can be so poor & so happy at the same time & differences in culture. It was mainly a comparison to Australia, but it also applied to back home to. After the monkey forest we caught some lunch, which is also were I started talking to Danny & Dave to 2 cool guys I had mentioned before. The view from the restaurant was great as we could see the surrounding forests & rice fields. After lunch we headed to a huge lake where you could do water sports, but I just chose to look around the shops. Then we went to a temple where Grumpy explained more about Balinese religion. We also got to see huge pythons, mongoose, iguanas & bats, although I declined having any pictures taken with them on me :) After that we headed to the waterfall which was my favorite part of the trip. I had a boy from the village who walked with me & pointed out tons of things for me & DIDN'T try to sell me anything :) There were kids walking with most every person on the way down there. Some people gave the kids money when we came back. I did not because I think that sets a bad precedence, the kid I had was just interested in us, giving him money would corrupt him & make him think people will always do that. It would make him like the salespeople in Kuta. I learned what so many plants looked like & learned about the local culture as well from my little guide.
After that we went to the hotel & I got my own room, since I was the only person traveling by themselves. One of the channels on the TV was in English so I watched a little CNN Asia before going to the pool. At the pool I had a good talk with Dave & Danny before we got out buffet supper. We also saw 2 different Balinese dancers which were cool. Then the drinking games started, which were clearly setup for 19 year old Australians, so I decided to call it an early night. Some of the people from the trip are in the last picture.