I've just spent a very relaxed couple of days with Desta's family, my warm showers host's. Desta has been away guiding his other guests to National Parks and over to Krakatoa, so I've been hosted by two of his sisters. Thank you ladies. My stay with you has been a highlight. It has been very relaxed. I've visited the local high school and spoke to an English class, but mostly I've just hung out and soaked in the atmosphere of a small Sumatra village.
Jutimulyo is about 15km out of Bandar Lampung. The road there is narrow, and rutted, but very busy. Each day at about 3pm, all the surrounding farmers bring their produce into the village. A market springs up, and runs until about midnight. From an outsiders view, it looks chaotic, as deals are done, trucks unloaded and reloaded, stuff shifted on the back of scooters, small stalls are set up, customers come and go, in vehicles, on foot and on scooters, and the usual through traffic, keeps passing through the chaos...... I stand and watch, and am amazed. It's so hard to describe, like nothing we would ever see in NZ.
Having been here three nights, I'm almost a local.....and am getting to chat to people more than once....and though the extent of conversations is limited, it feels good to be more than a passing spectacle.
Today I'm meeting Graham A. We're staying in a posh hotel . With any luck I'll get to skype Ju. And then another chapter of GrumGoesGlobal begins....... Hmmmm. Someone just put a photo of a delicious chicken salad sandwich, on brown bread, on Facebook. Missing my sandwiches.......