NEIGHBORHOOD OUTSIDER 71
Right page: A sight we don’t see everyday, this is Indonesia.
Why is travelling important to you? Well, we were created since the beginning to travel. If you look back to the old days, even the prophets travel from one place to the next in order to spread the gospel. And for us today, we need to travel from home to the office, from one place to another. So it is a basic need for me. I love to travel and explore. I am learning about different cultures and scenery. It is something that lights up my soul. We are talking about culture in this issue, and Indonesia is very diverse. We saw your photos when you were in Arborek Raja Ampat, what was it like there? Culture wise, what do you find unique there? I’ve been there a few times, and I always love to go ‘blusukan’ (walking around the village and neighbourhood where the local people live) and usually I’ll find Ibu-ibu (women) who are cooking, and I would just join them. I’ll cook and eat lunch with them. Talk to them and try to understand how life is there — learning the culture straight from the locals. They are very friendly and will welcome you with open arms. And of course, if we are talking about the scenery, it is beautiful there. Underwater photography underneath the deck is one of the most popular things to do. The land, the mountains and the ocean. It’s one of the must-visit places. They also have a small library there, so if you want to go to Arborek, you can also drop some books for them. I’ve left my book 100 Hari Keliling Indonesia there as well.
Bottom: ‘Blusukan’ at a local market and listening to their chats is another way to know the local behaviour
the culture issue
September & october 2019
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