The people of Lombok are not as strict in their religion as in other areas, but we do hear the call to prayer at all hours of the day and night. Fortunately, we are anchored off a small island (known as a “Gili”) so it comes wafting over the water which is easier to take than being on land near the loud speakers. Due to religious holidays, we heard a lot of messages over the loud speakers that reach throughout the villages.There are many mosques throughout the main island of Lombok, just like all of the various churches in America. We visited the unique Hindu temple “Lingsar” that was built in 1714 and rebuilt in 1878 and is still pretty much intact.
What is unique about it is that four religions worship there: Muslim, Hindu, Buddhists and Catholics (which probably means Christians in general). What a fine example of Peace on Earth!
|Amazing ancient carvings are everywhere.|
At the site of the Holy Water fountains.
|We gals having fun in the rain!|
|Locals praying at the mosque|
The food has been very tasty and not as hot as I feared, since I am a “mild minus” kind of gal! I love the peanut sauce and a sweet soy sauce, but anything red is too hot for me! When at the market, I bought a few of the local brands of sauces that I may not find back home.
We are at the ATM to get local currency so we can buy
our SIM and data cards as we are eager for Internet time
For the first stop on our World ARC group tour, we were taken to a traditional daily market about 2 km from where we landed on the mainland. Some villages have daily or weekly markets.
|Our Palomino horse cart. A blonde for a blonde!|
|Want lunch? Here is a street vendor's cart.|
I am the lucky owner of a large gold pearl. Gold pearls are only found in this area. Happy Birthday to me! Or Happy Anniversary to us?
|Sweet curious little faces everywhere.|
|The children are delightful - and curious about blonde hair.|
|The WARC family table for lunch!|
It was a wonderful meal of things we had never had before.
Our new Indonesian daughter! What's one more?