November 17th, 2020
Today we’re in Lombok ~ a beautiful isle of Indonesia. We spent a few nights here in 2002 in a town called Senggigi on the northwest coast. We rented a motorbike and explored Mataram, and loved the horse carts, crafts and slow pace of the island. I hand-carried home an enormous mask made by a local artisan, and it still hangs on our wall today.
During our stay, we enjoyed the biggest meal we’ve ever eaten called rijsttafel, or rice table. As defined by Wikipedia, rijsttafel is “an Indonesian elaborate meal adapted by the Dutch following the hidang presentation of nasi padang from the Padang region of West Sumatra.” The colonial origin of the meal may be why it’s rarely served these days. What we enjoyed about it was trying so many Indonesian specialties in one sitting, during our first time in the country. The meal was five courses, with four to eight small dishes within each course. Has anyone else (Bama?) tried this meal? I’d love to hear your thoughts. I think I’m still full.
If you’re dreaming of a small island getaway, not too remote but more quiet than Bali… Lombok might be it. We loved it here.
More from Bali tomorrow — just a ferry ride away. Here’s where we’re checking in!
Post of the Day: Adding a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together. This series features travel photos from my archives, shared with you while staying close to home.