An Introduction- Round 2

22 Nov

Well here I am again. I totally cleared all the blog posts from last year and decided to start fresh for Indonesia round 2.

But really can I say I am the same person who wrote this blog last year? It was funny looking over some of the things I wrote about Indonesia, completely naive about the country especially with my worrying about wifi, my brilliant idea not to take a laptop and the fact I honestly did not have the slightest clue about the country.

So what makes me different now? I’ve lived in Indonesia for a month, I have Indonesian friends, have studied the language, culture, history and politics to a much more indepth level and feel I have a tiny bit off a clue about the country. Does this mean it will be easy this time around? Probably not. I do know where to go in Sala3 (that’s the cool way to say Salatiga) if I want to go to the shops, buy late night chocolate supplies or get a good massage. I know what angkot (mini bus) will take me to campus from my house and that the chicken strips, french fries and onion rings from cosmos are delicious and Happy Chicken is the best fried chicken you will ever taste. I know that 4 hours of Indonesian a day is hard work and that what looks like an easy mountain to climb probably isn’t.

This time will be different however. Some of my friends will come back with me however a lot won’t and I will be considered to be one of the more experienced people there meaning that I will have to adopt a role like John did last time being a wealth of knowledge and gently guiding people in the right direction (although that may not be a word used to describe him very often)

So this is it. This is my story of a trip that will encompas many countries Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. I can’t wait to see old friends and live the Indonesian life once again as well as making new friends and seeing new, amazing places which I can appreciate much more now that I have a greater understanding of the Indonesian Way.



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