Lembar, Lombok, Indonesia

                                                                     Welcome

March 6, 2012

Another day, another beautiful Indonesian island with a huge, sheltered harbor.  Lombok Island is working to become known as ‘The Other Bali’, just as beautiful but much less expensive.  We received a traditional welcome with music and dance as we got off the tender.  The welcome here is similar to what you find on Bali.  Lombok is a well-populated island.  The majority people are Sasak, and they have 26 different dialects of their language.  As with the rest of Indonesia, they learn Bahasa Indonesia, so they have a common language.  Lembar is the port city where we anchored. 

The tour we chose was called ‘Sasak Native Village and Kuta Beach’.  We boarded our bus and drove through Lembar out into the countryside, 

to the village of Banyumulek, which specializes in pottery making.  The bus dropped us at a pottery shop.  We immediately boarded horse-drawn carts called cidomos, to head into the traditional village.  At the village we got to see how they form their pottery and how they fire it.  The pottery is mostly plain. and they do everything by hand.  Apparently the skills for this craft are passed down through the generations.  Once we had walked through this part of the village we re-boarded the cidomos and headed back to where the buses were.  At this point we had the opportunity to shop for pottery souvenirs.

We re-boarded our buses and drove to the village of Sukarara, where they specialize in weaving.  We did not purchase any pottery, but we did buy a sarong and shawl set for Susan.  As you can see from the photographs, they weave beautiful fabrics here.

Our next stop was Sade, a village built in a very traditional fashion, with thatched roofs.  There were chickens everywhere in this village.

Once we left Sade, we headed for Kuta Beach, and the Novotel Lombok, where we were scheduled to have lunch and some free time. On the way in we saw a herd of water buffalo, an animal that is still popular with farmers here.  Our guide mentioned to us that on Lombok, the people still do many things the old-fashioned way, despite new technology, as it keeps the people employed.  Lack of employment opportunities is a consistent theme throughout Indonesia.

It started to rain as we sat down to lunch, but after we ate we did have a short time when we were able to walk on the beach before another thunderstorm announced its imminent arrival.  By then it was time to get back on the bus anyway.  

We had a nice time today, and there is a lot more to explore on this island, so hopefully we will have the opportunity to return someday.  

There are additional photos in this album.

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