We’ve spent the last few days acting like real locals. First, we attended a celebration for Indonesia’s Independence Day at my work on Friday night. Then we visited with friends, went to the mall and toured around the city a bit on Saturday. Tomorrow, we’re looking forward to a family picnic day by the pool and then a dinner with some more friends. It’s like we live here or something!
Time to regale you with a bunch of pictures:
Indonesia’s Independence Day celebration: This is a traditional way of cooking rice pancakes, featuring fillings like chilis and fermented soybeans, with a delicious brown sugar sauce. Smells good, tastes great!
More traditional food: you mix all the colours together, add some condensed milk and you have some kind of jelly-filled iced coffee. It was… interesting.
Good old-fashioned tug-of-war. You can’t see it, but it was pouring rain during this. Typical, rainforest.
In the car, trying to get a shot of our friendly neighbourhood volcano. I’ll keep trying.
Action shot of some shops. It’s shocking that there are no cars in this picture! One in a million chance.
Here’s a nice, big modern intersection with western-style shopping.
What you see at every stop light. An angkot (local bus/van), scooters and… a bunch of tires going by.
Making new friends. In our underpants. Check out their fabulous play structure in the back.
J is all over this water gun thing.
This starts a series of photos of the area we want to live in. Here’s a fairly typical front yard.
Another peek into a yard. Is that a guard house? Probably.
These houses are all fenced in, which makes it hard to get a good look!
Here’s another quick peek!
Some areas have wider streets like this, but most are very small.
Another little peek at a pretty yard!
I love the gates around here. So much wrought iron and carved wood!
I, too, doubt the safety of this “construction” site.
We made it to the mall! Let’s play “find the giant white guy.”
Food court. J only had her picture taken by strangers once on this trip, which I think is a personal record.
Headed home. Our driver is taking us on a “shortcut” to avoid traffic (it still took an hour to get home). Check out the tiny street.
Uh oh, another car is coming… what to do? Oh, you just fold in the side mirrors and go for it.
Here’s the perfect snapshot: shanty building, overgrowth, motorbike, garbage. Welcome to Indonesia!
Stuck in traffic. Shout out to our driver. If this traffic wasn’t enough to try his patience, I’m sure the whiny kids in the backseat were.
These side alleys are everywhere, and they’re always filled with motorbike dudes, wartegs (food stands), and cell phone stores.
Even after all that, it really is beautiful here.