Lovely Indonesian People ------------------------ A note is needed about the Indonesian people we've met. They've been pretty damn wonderful. Helpful, kind, friendly, and honest beyond all my expectations. It extends from the security officer at the airport to people you ask for directions on the street. If we broke down or got lost I have NO doubt that help would come quickly and we'd get whatever we needed or a bed for the night. I have to take my tank bag off to fill the gas. I set it aside at a gas station and forgot to put it back on. It had about $800 of fancy camera, sunglasses, keys, cash, and other do dads in there. About 5km down the road two boys on a scooter passed us smiling, clutching our tank bag, and waved us over. I would have been really upset if we'd lost it and it may have been hours before I realized it was missing. They didn't just hold it for us at the station, they hopped on their bike and tracked us down. That's super! Numerous people who don't know us at all have volunteered their time, tools and garage to help with the bike. We've been treated like visiting dignitaries by damn near everyone. They've taken us out to dinner. If the bike is about to tip over on a hill (that was fun) or is stuck in the mud, people swarm in like magic to help. Someone drove us an hour to an ATM and back. Restaurant strangers often offer us their business card and say to call if we have any problems while we are here or need translation help. The people are so kind in fact that I sometimes feel guilty about accepting favours and not being able to repay them. All of our tour guides really go "above and beyond". If we have a low tire, dragging luggage, light left on, something left unlocked, or funny noise coming from our bike, someone will definitely let us know and offer to help. At least once a day I'm amazed and the kindness we receive. To be honest I'm sure some of this comes from travelling with a girl and an interesting bike. It makes us more approachable. But it seems there would be plenty of kindness for anyone that comes through. Basic English is fairly widespread. Far more so than anywhere else I was in South East Asia. On par with Malaysia at least. And they use the Latin alphabet so you can read the signs and menus and try some of their words pretty easily. The language (to me) seems grammatically simple so it's not hard to communciate with basic words. All these things make it much easier to relate and communicate with people.