Back in Sumbawa, a Four-Day Weekend and Why I love Sumbawa

Returned five days ago from Bali for what is most likely the last time that I will be in Sumbawa. As usual, there is a huge amount of work ahead for the last term in the academic year. There are still questions about where the Junior High school is going; the PYP program is moving along somewhere, but since I have very little to do with it, I fortunately am free from attending the PYP training sessions that often take the form of religious indoctrination sessions.

The local elections are being held today, and it’s a holiday for just about everyone. Tomorrow is Good Friday so there’s another holiday. Lot’s of time to catch up on the work for the term that I didn’t do during the last two week vacation. I do appreciate the time to get some things done.

The rainy season here is part of the past, and while the countryside is still green, it won’t be long before it turns brown as the dry season settles in. One of the things that I love about Sumbawa is that it has two distinct seasons that are apparent from the color of the flora. I really miss having my motorbike here and riding around this part of the island. The roads are generally a mess here, but the countryside is breathtaking – more so than Bali these days, which is becoming more and more developed. Sumbawa still has the backroads where there is always the chance of something completely surprising and delightful appearing just around the next bend. I do love this large teddy bear of an island where the people are friendly and yet not intrusive. It’s hard to find someone to pester you with pleas to give them money, by their goods, or visit the same tired old tourist spot where busloads of other foreigners compete for space to take photos of each other taking photos of a waterfall or one more family of four packed on a motorbike.

Funny enough, my kids who couldn’t wait to move back to Bali while they were here, keep asking when they can come back for a visit. This is a place that grows on you. Six years ago I said that Sumbawa will eventually be developed for expats and locals. Land is still cheap and good. Folks are decent and hard-working; the hyperculture of the Balinese isn’t so readily available, but the island has a lot to offer for those willing to put in some time and effort to find out what it is that makes people here tick. If I had had an extra $100,000, I would have kept the houses and lands that we had here and visited regularly. Anyone that moves here, can find more than they expect to entice them to love this wild, unruly island.


~ by drbrucepk on April 9, 2009.

One Response to “Back in Sumbawa, a Four-Day Weekend and Why I love Sumbawa”

  1. I unfortunately am not free from attending the PYP training sessions that often take the form of religious indoctrination sessions. But hopefully that will all be a thing of the past.

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