#6 – From Sara:
I have a good first dare for ya. After seeing your picture with the fluffy koala bear, and reading about the monkey forests full of gray monkeys in Bali, I’ve decided that your dare is the following:
I dare you to load your day pack with bananas and head into one of the monkey forests. (Sengeh, Jalan, Ubud?) Once there get the help of someone nice to hold your camera and take pictures. Then, quickly peel and hold two handfuls of bananas and extend your arms like a tree.
I’ll contribute a donation of 20$ for each monkey on your body in one single photograph. From what I read those monkeys can be fast so you have to be too! And very brave! I would think the more bananas you pack up, the better chance you have of attracting mucho monkeys, and therefor getting the very best and busy single shot I also suggest leaving a trail of nuts to your final photo spot as a pre-banana warm up, but that part is entirely up to you.
(Bananas and nuts should be sold at the entrance to the park.)
Reward: $20 per monkey on my body
Upon arrival at the monkey sanctuary in Ubud, I bought a bundle of mini-bananas to feed the monkeys. My driver/guide took the photos as I tried to lure my goal of 5 monkeys upon me for this dare. The best way to get them on you is to hold the bananas above your shoulders, however I found no more than one monkey would jump up at a time.
While I only managed one monkey, I’m grateful to Sara for suggesting I check out the sanctuary. It was a fun part of a 1/2 day trip to the area.