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Indonesian basketball, anyone?
Last summer, my family of four travelled to Sumba, Indonesia. My 14 year old daughter, an avid basketball player, was thrilled to find an old outdoor court where she could get in some shooting practice. Immediately, and surprisingly, we were surrounded by a large crowd, clapping, cheering, and ultimately joining in! They shyly communicated their desire for shooting "lessons" from my daughter and her 10 year old sister, who happily obliged. Given that basketball is a little known sport in Indonesia, the fellow players typically raced down the court laughing and carrying rather than dribbling the ball. We played long past dark. The next day while walking down the street, my daughters were continuously greeted in broken English, "Thanks for the basketball!' , to which they replied, "Thanks for everything!!"
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