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"Running water, literally" Tanjungkarang-Telukbetung Local Custom Tip by Assenczo


For a creature raised in well-developed city context a visit to Bandar can be a window to another era. The posh and poor areas of this typical Indonesian town are intertwined democratically and peacefully. This lets some special vantage points to be taken advantage of and watch how for example laundry is done in the area of the “have-nots” that happens to be right across a tropical stream from a high end hotel. Part of the everyday routine of the teenage girls as in any respectable family is to wash their cloths and the ones belonging to other members of the kin. So far so good but when there is no running water at home what you are forced to do is to go to the local stream that conveniently flows 24/7 just downhill from your home. A little detail is the fact that this stream has already been used as a sewer canal by others upstream and thus strewn with debris of different character. This is no deterrent though and here the local girl goes: pants, shirts, you name it, all lathered and rinsed in the dubious water. Considering the monstrous administrative buildings located nearby it makes you wonder how the tax money is collected and spent.

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  • Written Sep 13, 2011
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