As requested by friends from both Lombok and London this blog will now be written entirely in English.
From all the new and exotic things on the island it's the many mosque's that kept me lying awake during our first night here. The morning prayer starts around 4 am and since our house is located between three nearby mosques the sound is very present and lasts what seems like an eternity. Nothing some earplugs won't fix though. The second night was much much better.
Our house is absolutely fantastic, a tiny bit of heaven on paradise island. The garden is stunning and provides for an excellent place to work and to relax.
We immediately rented two scooters to get around on the island. Driving here feels like riding a bike in Amsterdam, it appears to be chaotic but there is a steady rhythm to it. Ah, and they drive left, good thing Diana is already used to driving left in London.
At a 15 min drive to the east there is Sengigi, one of the few touristic spots on Lombok. We drove there to have brunch on the beach at one of the resorts and to profit from their stable wifi connection ;-)
Contrary to Bali, the village we’re located in is raw. There aren’t many westerners coming through and thus far whenever we stop to buy something a lot of people gather around us. With the help of sign language & Google translate we manage the conversations. A strange but fun experience.
We were invited for dinner by one of the professors of the University of Mataram, a well respected man who did his PhD in Utrecht and who lives right behind the museum in downtown Mataram. After some nice conversations and some tea we drove to a small and empty restaurant for some traditional Lombok dinner, this was absolutely immensely ambrosial.
He asked if we would be so kind to give guest lectures at the university at some point during our visits, of course we agreed. Diana will give a lecture about climate change and will discuss some of her research and I will talk about new emerging technologies in the Western world. I will try to think of some use cases in which Lombok could benefit from these technologies.
Today started with a meeting with a different professor and two students who will assist Diana during her research.
ps. All the images are uploaded with the lowest resolution possible, this is a necessity because of the poor internet connection.