East Java, Road Trip. Day 4

Sleepy little towns.

While we were heading off to an amazing waterfall, the road access to the attraction had been closed due to the recent eruption of Mount Semeru. Oddly enough, while we checked and checked we didn’t notice the closure until the day of our trip.

We agreed at the start of this trip that we would play things by ear. We quickly switched our plans and since the day before was a full, busy day we decided to head to Jember and head towards our ultimate destination to Mount Ijen. Jember was a rest stop but not without its uniqueness. 

Reflect on a previous blog.

I had written a blog titled… All that you will ever be. This blog was about people not moving forward in life. The drive made me think very deeply about the state of Indonesia as a country. I had made fun of the Village or the Kampung before. 

When I say fun I mean the meaning of going back to the village as being a village. 

Well, I have to eat my words, because my vision of what the village was, was wrong. The village is much more of a village than what I can explain. When we think of a village we as North Americans think of a quaint little village tucked away in some nook of the countryside. 

Not the village we imagine.

Before you think all villages are a pile of crap… There are some that I think I could live in. However, some of the villages we drove through made me think that it will be another 50 years before Indonesia can compete on any world scale. Driving through some of the villages reminded me of Hungarian villages back in 1990. Some are nice and have a beautiful little garden and are cared for. However, most villages are very dirty and not well maintained. It seemed that people have zero pride of ownership and they are ok with the rundown property. 

We can say that they have no money to bring it up to another level. I will argue that this is wrong. Cleaning up your house and the area around it is free. It is all about a little bit of work and cleaning that cost nothing. 

Let go.

So many properties are just in a state of disarray and they have no pride of ownership. Run down and dirty is how I would describe many or even most of these drive-through villages.

Compared to the small villages I have stayed in in Bali, they were a drastic change. I will go as far as shocking, especially as Surabaya, Jakarta, and Bandung would be the top cities I would say that people see from a Google search. However, this was a shocking sight for me. 

I feel that the lack of education of the locals plays a huge part. From the way the kids are raised and the way the parents behave, this is an uphill battle. Lack of education for both the parents and the children will take decades to fix if it was even possible.

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Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, and businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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