Each Indonesian Island has a unique culture, partially based on the prevailing religion (Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Protestant, Catholic). On each of my trips to Indonesia I’ve been impressed by people’s friendliness on all of the islands I visited.
Kids in particular wanted to connect. As with children around the globe, they were curious and open. They experimented with the few words of English they’d learned in school and I responded with my rudimentary (now long forgotten) Indonesian. Some exchanged drawings with me, others pointed out something they thought was special.
I’m always delighted that communication is possible and meaningful, despite language barriers.