Adventures living as expats.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Ramadan

Ramadan started a little over 2 weeks ago. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, and smoking during daylight hours. I've been taking some workout classes and even the teachers are fasting during the day, and they're still working harder than I am. I can't imagine not being able to chug water during the class.

Our driver, Karyadi, said that during Ramadan he wakes up at 3 AM for early prayers and a meal before the sun comes up. During the day Gerobeks (food carts) are pretty much closed and restaurants are very quiet. Come 6 PM the entire country breaks their fast and it seems that all chaos breaks loose. Traffic gets crazy as people pull over on the side to grab food or rush to get home. Huge lines form at Gerobeks and restaurants get packed. Jeff and I went to see first hand last week at a "gerobek pod" close to Jeff's work.


Front of the Gerobeks
Seating area in the back
Padang food
More Padang
Sate ayam (chicken skewer), our favorite!
Jeff likes the donuts
Alcohol is also banned in restaurants during Ramadan, although this rule is easily avoided if the restaurant pays for "protection". I ordered some wine the first week and the waiter explained they couldn't serve it in a wine glass. At first I was panicked thinking he meant they weren't serving wine at all, but luckily it came in a coffee mug a few minutes later. Whewww!
Cheers!

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