My most valuable souvenirs from our trip to Indonesia are the photos I took of the people. I can always go on Google images and see photos of the volcanoes, temples and beaches we visited, but those moments with people are unique.
Putting together this photo essay made me happy. Looking back through my photos of people on the islands of Flores and Sulawesi served as a great reminder of many special moments I shared with the friendly people of Indonesia. Below is a collection (mostly) of unpublished photos of the people I met on the islands of Flores and Sulawesi.
People riding on trucks was something we saw all over Indonesia. We once hitched a ride ourselves and when locals would look up and see us, they’d do a double-take and excitedly shout, “BULE!” It isn’t everyday they see a foreigner riding on a truck.
Note: Bule is the slang term for a foreigner.
Seen in Komodo National Park.
Future badminton champion and heartbreaker.
Seen in Moni, Flores.
Kids taking a break from their badminton game to pose for photos with Kristi.
This girl asked me to take her photo, then shyly ran over to her Grandmother. I got a nice bonus shot of the two of them. In classic Indonesian style, the grandmother was all smiles the instant before I snapped the shutter.
Kids in Rinca waving goodbye to our boat.
When I saw this boy walking down the beach, I grabbed my camera and went to get a photo. He was delighted to pose of me, but didn’t quite understand the concept that I’d want his face in the photo. After I took the top photo, I gestured for him to move the fish.
Adorable Muslim school girls. Although Indonesia is predominately a Muslim country, it is much more moderate than places I’d visited in the Middle East. After school, these school girls would change into shorts or dresses.
School girl on Bira Beach.
Little boy who really wanted his photo taken.
The family car.
All over Indonesia you see motorcycles with little kitchens on the back who serve up food along the road.
The above photo sums up Indonesian transportation. In the window you have an assortment of stuffed animals, obscuring the view of the driver. On top you have a boy riding safety in a metal basket thingy. And of course, you have the requisite paint and decals on the front.
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