13 June 2012
Bajawa, Flores, Indonesia
Around Bajawa there are a few traditional villages hidden in the trees and hills just off the main road. The people in the villages keep their old religion, traditions, houses, and way of life. The villages are shrinking as the young adults are drawn away to the city by school or marriage or money and never return.
We went mid day so most residents were working out in the fields and it was only the betel nut chewing old ladies left behind. Betel nut is a mild stimulant and it has the nice side effect of turning your mouth and lips red while you spit out great gobs.
Something with thread
Red lips and mashing up the betel nut in a pestel (needed when you don't have any teeth left).
Drying betel nut.