I was very excited this week to receive a wedding invitation from Anni, one of the Goodies waitresses. I didn’t even know she had a boyfriend. Anni is always trying to teach me new words in Indonesian so we’re kind of friendly and I was honored to be invited. The wedding invitation said 10 am Friday and provided an address. There was a lot lost in the cultural understanding on my part.
I naturally thought the ceremony would start at 10 but the girlfriend said that was only a starting point. So we started out late and didn’t know where we were going. “We’ll ask along the way,” I was told. After 11 times “asking along the way” we found Anni’s home – not where she was getting married, mind you, her home.
The trip was much more difficult than that, however. We ended up in a “kampung” area of town, meaning a village within the greater village. Somewhere along the way, we ran out of pavement. Somewhere along the way the road became dirt with boulders protruding from the red clay. Somewhere along the way, the road became very narrow, barely wide enough for the car and far more suitable for a motorbike, which we had to constantly dodge while trying not to run off into the deep ditches on either side. We were smack in the middle of a labyrinth of houses and roads more suitable for a mountain dirt bike track.
By the time we arrived at what the neighbor’s said was Anni’s home, I realized we had been invited to the after-wedding reception. The wedding was taking place somewhere else. I had missed the opportunity to take photos at a Muslim wedding. I was in no mood by this time to go into the house and sit around with a bunch of people I couldn’t converse with and be offered food I don’t like. Fun.
I’ve also included some photos of recent events – visits to two restaurants for interviews and photos, a visit to an Indonesian crafts store, a new bar and BBQ area at Goodies, and a new bar opening.