What did you say a cidomos was ?

Trip Start Aug 02, 2012
Trip End Aug 20, 2012

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Flag of Indonesia  , Nusa Tenggara Barat,
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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Hop into cidomos (horse-drawn carts) to visit a market and local villages famous for their crafts, including pottery and bamboo weaving.

Travel by minibus around the spiritual centre and sleeping giant of the island, Mt Rinjani.

Total driving time is about 5 hours but it will take most of the day to reach our destination at Senaru as we stop a couple of times.

Senaru is a small rustic village nestled between the base of Mt Rinjani and the edge of the jungle.

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A great start to the day, pancakes with lime and honey and a great hot shower ( I have now found the water pressure and heating controls hidden behind the lodge which helps !) and we then set out on cidomos (see pictures) and after a 20 minute drive arrived at the local Market, with the usual array of fish meat chickens veg all out in the midday sun.

Back on the cidomos and we then visited a co-operative where the ladies were weaving bamboo to make all sorts of items (Helen purchased a fantastic bamboo and leather case for the ukulele that she purchased earlier in the week) Kieran however keeps being told he is handsome by all the local girls and women so we think it should be no problem marrying him off !!! I heard one saying he has a cute nose !!

Returning to the bus great hilarity was had when chis had been buying food again. This time rose flavoured biscuits which were fowl and worse than yesterday's buffalo skin "pork" scratchings.

The weather still being fantastic, hot, hot and sunny

After stopping for a traditional balainese lunch at a very strange place at the eastern end of the island, we finally after 5 hours of travelling arrived at our next stop for the night.

The strange place was yet another deserted hotel. All the infrostructure was in place but all derserted. After the Bali Bomb and quickly followed by the Tsunami in 2002 the tourist trade has vanished and 10 years later still not returned in enough to open up all the hotels. Lombok in particular is deserted, and outide on the streets we are the only westerners. We feel like zoo animals with all the locals stopping what they are doing and looking at us as some wierd tall white aliens. The children who all learn english at school all practice out their english by shouting "Hello" and "Whats your name" and then all laugh when we answer, giggle and run away. Anyone under the age of 2 or 3 just bursts into tears when seeing us !

The hotel is strange again all the paths are in place as are the built toilet blocks (part of the rooms) but they just stand all alone complete with showerheads, toilets and sinks, but no rooms (obviously made out of palms and local materials)

The new hotel is nearly the same as the last one, cold water showers and basic, but I assume we are now getting used to them, we are all looking forward to th gilli Isles where we have been promiced better accomodation.

Senaru is an eye opener, as soon as we arrived we were wisked out on a two hour walk around the local village, I dont think I will compain again about lack of water. The people here live in traditional means (and its one step up from Caveman) In wooden huts (with a single 10 watt light bulb) whole families (and extended families) in a single room sharing 2 beds, with a open fire at one edge, with a few pots and pans. Their whole life is existance searching, growing and preparing basic meals. Privacy is non existant, how on earth our guide managed to be one of 14 siblings is beyond me !!!

There are no facilities at all, and most of the extras are done by bartering with other groups living nearby.... Wow did not people still lived like this. Our way of life with its massive food wastage will just be alien to them, and they still have time to donate a large percentage of their valued food to the gods in worship !!!

It is now 5.30pm and going dark, still no chance of internet I am afraid, so the 700 pictures I have taken will have to wait. Maybe the gilli isles...

Must report on our hotel meal tonight, on sitting down we were told no fish, no seafood, not many juices, so we all chose accordingly from the reduced menu, joking we said "no beer ?" the waiter laughed and said "plenty beer !" half an hour later he came back " no chips !" we were not amused , but we had beer so I settled on an asparagus soup !!! Ten minutes later ordering my second beer came the reply "no beer !!" arrrgggjhh ! We all ended up with a reduced meal and eventually they popped across the road and got some more beer from another restaurant, although the strange thing is that they did not add them to our dinner bill we had to pay the other restaurant direct !!!

The whole group was not amused.... Continued tomorrow...
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