“Mau ke mana?” said one of the security guards in my office building when I came dragging in through the security checkpoint with a surfboard Friday morning. It means where are you going?
Me: “Mau ke Lombok.”
“aah, ke Lombok lagi?” (To Lombok again?)
Me: “Ya. Mau ikut?” (Yes, wanna join?)
“Haha, tidak bisa.” (Cannot.)
Some people ask me why I always go there, and tell me that I should visit other places too. The short answer is “Haha”. The longer answer is that the south coast of Lombok is a beautiful place, it’s the best option for a weekend surf trip from Jakarta, and I really like the locals there. So far I’ve done pretty well on visiting other parts of Indonesia too, but it’s really nice to have a place where I can meet familiar faces, while surfing and practicing my Bahasa Indonesia.
I’ve said it many times: The surf experience in Gerupuk is one of the coolest there is. Gerupuk inside, when it’s not too crowded, is a fun and easy wave. It’s optimal for practicing turns and having a good time. Even when it gets bigger it stays fairly mellow.
If learning a new language is a pain in the ass, my ass seems to be extra sensitive. Every day I try to practice. Sometimes more, sometimes less. And every day it seems like I can’t remember a single new word. Somehow I’ve reached a level where I am able to communicate on a basic level. Learning the local language even a little bit opens up doors to different kind of experiences. So when I asked one of the girls running the homestay “Mau ke mana?”, I ended up going with her on a mission to the traditional market buying chicken and vegetables. On the way back I had the real Indo experience: Driving a scooter with a grownup sitting behind me and a kid standing in front of me. The rain was pouring. I wish I had a picture of that for my memory book…
I really don’t mind going to Gerupuk alone. The locals are super cool and take good care of me. These are some of the familiar faces I meet every time I go to Gerupuk:
Me and Sup were trying to count how many times I’ve visited Lombok. I think it’s at least 12 (not always Gerupuk). I see no reason to stop, every visit just keeps getting better.