Writing about my experiences overseas, I walk a tightrope of trying to avoid making the every day seem precious or exotic and not letting go of what I will wish later that I had documented when I’m gone.
While living in Michigan, the list of things I have yet to capture on film is pretty much limited to the magical lightening streaks that I often see through my windshield while I’m driving. Yet, every day I am in Indonesia, I see things that I wish I had my camera out to capture. And the list grows because there is so much I don’t even know I’m missing. But here’s a list of things I’ve seen from a taxi window but couldn’t capture in time:
- A block of ice the size of a filing cabinet tipped on its side, being hauled on the back of a motorbike (ojek).
- People riding on the end of a bundle of bamboo that overhangs a truck cab.
- Groups of people packed into the bed of a pickup with giant sides–one leg in and one leg out of sides of the truck bed.
- Up to 5 guys on a motorbike together.
- People crossing heavy traffic with their hands out and no one getting hurt or cursed out or flashed a rude hand gesture.
- A stream of ojeks crossing an intersection with my taxi driver passing through the middle perpendicularly without having to swerve or come to a screeching halt.
- Babies sandwiched between their parents on motorbikes.
- 10-11 year olds driving motorbikes.
Here are 2 photos of things that initially perplexed me–and one that still puzzles me. An Indonesian person kindly explained the first two.
A) What is this truck doing?
It is taking water from this man-made stream to be used to water the grounds.
B) Does this sign mean what I think it means?
Cat (pronounced “chot”) means paint in Indonesian. You can take your car here to be repainted.
C) After some heavy rains, how do you clear the mud?
I missed the photo of the people wading waste deep into the mud to clear the mud using this machine. So this question is still only partially answered.
What are some of your missed moments?