It’s Thursday evening, 13 November, 7 o’clock. I will probably post it in 1-2 weeks, when I find a place with an Internet connection.
But now I don’t think about the Internet, about Facebook, or about posting anything. Now I listen to the sea and meditation music, I read fascinating books about life and societies, and Kevin is working in the kitchen with Ibu Sri and Pak Nate. They are preparing veggie burgers with home-made bread, home-made burgers, and home-made sauce. Manis, the cat, is walking somewhere around my feet. It is 20-something degrees and I’m sitting in my white beach dress. The Internet would ruin this moment right now.
Before we went to Indonesia we already knew that we want to do something. We cannot really work here, because of the visa law, but we wanted to help someone, meet new people, see new places. One evening, still in Yogya, Kevin looked through many Google websites and found Sumber Sari Eco Lodge. On their page we read that they need yoga teachers, computer programmers, cooks (Kevin!), and English teachers (me!). Perfecto! We exchanged some emails and got invited by Linda to their beach house.
The plan was to stay there for a few days, work 4-5 hours a day and in exchange sleep in the beach house and eat food prepared by Ibu Sri and us. That was the plan. What we really do here? We made new friends, we learned about Indonesian cuisine, we showed some European meals as well (mommy, your pierogi dough was a hit!), had countless Indonesian-English conversations, and found a little bit of peace. I wouldn’t describe it as “working”. Sometimes we stayed in the kitchen almost all day trying to figure out how to make ravioli and for what can we use the rest of frozen mangos, but it was not working. We taught Ibu Sri a bit of English, but it was not language classes.
Linda and Norman, the owners of this incredible place, are a New Zealand-Australian couple, who decided to spend a big part of their lives in Indonesia. They are really great people, with fascinating interests and big knowledge about plants, food, nature, managing a hotel – just everything! I really enjoyed those few days we could spend with them, talking on the beach, and sharing delicious food.
When we first read in one of the e-mails that we are going to stay in a “beach house” I imagined 4 bamboo walls, some bed and maybe 2 chairs, a table, and some place for our bags. What was waiting for us? A HUGE room, with terrace, all made from wood. A few interesting books to read (yey!), and a collection of the newest DVD’s (yey, yey!!!). The place was just amazing, I don’t even know how to describe it, before I only saw places like that in movies and now I could sleep there, relax, and enjoy! I think photos cannot show the beauty of this house, you would really have to see it.
What else? I should mention the bathroom. Bathroom that looks like from an interior magazine, with a huge bathtub and wooded stairs leading to it, rain-like shower (at least for me it felt like rain hihi), beautiful sink and candles, and flowers and instant sticks everywhere.
The beach is about 20 seconds from the house. We fall asleep to the sound of waves, sometimes rain, or bugs bzzzing outside. And the sea is warm. Warm enough to walk in the water without making a BRR sound.
What is there to do in Sumber Sari? Well, except “working” there was plenty of things we had in our schedule. Lying on the beach for example. Swimming in a canoe as well. Riding a bicycle without any reason, just to ride around. Snorkelling from time to time with Pak Nate, building sand castles, trying new juices recipes. That’s all I guess. Not bad right?
It’s quite hard for me to write a post about this place here, because I feel like no words can show and explain what we can experience. Every day we spend with great people, we eat great food, we prepare fresh vegetables and fruits and turn them into some nice meal that can be served later for tourists.
Oh, I forgot. There are no tourists. Okay, we saw maybe 4 people, who were not Indonesian, but no more. Sumber Sari is still not popular, which is great for someone who wants to rest from people and just do nothing – and is a bit lucky to find this place.
Today we went to Gilimanuk, a small town a few kilometres from Sumber Sari, to get some food from the market. On the way back we went to visit Ibu Sri’s family and help making, hmm, flower decorations for Hindu praying. It was really cool, to sit among Indonesian family and work with the leaves and flowers to create something. We are so lucky to experience all those beautiful things in here!
Now I have to go, the veggie burgers are ready hihi.
kiss, marysia and kev