Friday, March 26, 2010

The best way to spend 40¢

I know that Western Health and Safety regulations do not apply in Indonesia. It goes without saying.

Even so, I was a bit surprised when she peeked out from the bathroom to greet me from across the kitchen. Her head was at about knee height, so I assume she was squatting, probably on the toilet, when she opened the door just a crack to greet me and tell me I am beautiful. I think that was her new vocabulary word in English.

I forget her name, but her partner/sister's name is Este. Este saw me walking up to the juice stand and came out to greet me. She got right to the point: "Bunkus?" Takeaway? She didn't even bother to ask what I wanted; I always order the same thing. I nodded and smiled, then followed her in to the cabana with the juice kitchen in the back. I stook at the entrance to the kitchen and watched as she squeezed the lemons into a plastic cup.

It was at this point that the other girl opened the bathroom door just a crack. She heard me coming in and didn't want to miss my visit. They both clearly love it when I visit. Besides the fact that I pay a full 40¢ for my juice, I suppose they just like claiming acquaintance with a foreigner.

I tell you, if you ever have 40¢ and aren't sure what to do with it, go to the Lambok Jaya juice cabana next to the restaurant and order a lemon juice. It's divine.

Of course, you'll need to get yourself to Lubuk Basung first.

And of course, you'll need to be totally fine with a friendly and cheerful girl on the toilet in the kitchen with your juice. I am - anything for that juice.

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