Lombok: the island where cock is king!

 

Lombok is an island about 2 hours east of Bali by ship. We spent already one week here and woke up every (!) single day by a cock crow. But, no, that doesn´t mean we woke up early as we associate it with in Germany. Here, every (!) household has its own cock and these are very active! And loud!! The owner even train the cocks sometimes to join a very popular “sport”- a cock fight.

That is- by far- not the only specific, Lombok has for me. To be honest I went through several cultural shocks during the last days! Beginning our trip in Bali, I was impressed by all the colorful hinduistic influence I noticed. People appear mostly open and metropolitan in a way, many people also from other parts of Indonesia, mainly searching for a job are lasting inhabitants of this beautiful vibrant island.

Arriving n Lombok, the atmosphere is radically different. Many inhabitants you meet have never really left Lombok and are deeply influenced by the islamic doctrins. It seems like they inhalate all the impressions they experience from the tourists (mainly australians, germans and spanish)- that the visitors from other countries may behave a little different than in their normal live cannot be concidered what unfortunately leads to a couple of missunderstandings and prejudices sometimes. The tourism branche here is oriented strongly after the needs of the visitors, especially services like taxi, scooter rentals, homestays are widely spread. But still the daily muslimic prayers and songs can be heard all day long.

Either way, we went to Kuta in the south and headed into an environment that seems perfectly adapted to the dream of a surfer´s life. I have barely seen so beautiful, wild- and plasic-covered beaches nor so many billabong, flipflop-wearing people in the same place so far in my life:o) We stayed in Kuta for 6 nights (8€/night in a basic, clean hotel Surfer´s Inn!) and enjoyed all the comforts that come along with that: many Bintangs (the local beer brand), good local food, coconuts in the beach, impressive waves and excessive parties. We visited 6 spots: the beaches Tanjung Aan, Gerupuk, Mawun, Mawi, Selong Blanak and Kuta beach and really, really enjoyed getting to know so many new people as it is so easy to get in contact with simply everybody.

Pretty often we found groups of locals drinking tea and chatting right next to the pool were the guests chilled in the shadows or played cards, daily life is taking place outside the house in public what is beautiful (and by the way: it is very common here to see little islands of flipflips in front of the house entrance because inside, shoes are a nogo beacause the sand spreads so fast! The house is still the castle here.). We moved by scooter what is a good, cheap (5 €/day) but partly dangerous way to discover the beauty of the island.

Unfortunately I fell the third day and got some injuries that still heal but it was worth it! The Feeling of driving around and watching all the busy people in the streets is awesome! One sunday, we saw a groom and bride in a car (Toyota!) accompanied by approx. 20 scooters, all dressed in their finest wedding suits (aka sarongs).  So outdoor-activities dominate the daily processes, you will quickly notice if you visit Lombok! What you definitely should to!!

So I look forward now to get to know new places in the north of Lombok.

Soon we will write our current impressions.

 

 

 

Stay tuned at our adventure and feel inspired to also expore the world!

We miss you!

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