Poverty (and happiness?) in the villages of Lombok

We hired a driver to country life in Lombok. Actually, I thought it will be a walking tour in rice fields, but it ended up with a lot of thoughts about poverty, happiness and empathy. We went to village called Telebatu – it’s a small village in the middle of Lombok which was made to be a calm spot for tourists. Actually, tourists do not come here often so villagers have to live their daily life in rice and spices fields. Local villager was our “guide”. It was quite funny, he took us to his garden and fields and showed us everything: “this is pepper, this is lemongrass, this is tomato, this is clove, this is clover, this is rice, this is coffee, this is lemon…”, “Stop here and I’ll take a picture of you; now stop here and take a picture; take a picture here…”, “This is my 4 month old son, do you want to keep him in your arms? No? Take him.” And I find myself holding his son:)) So our tour guide was really simple guy who knows English words of everything you can find in his garden:) Actually, the tour was nice and we were Read More …