SO, I am back from Indonesia! It’s been about 10 months since my last post. Bear with me, I will be updating you on my experiences in The Big Durian (AKA Jakarta) in a series of themed blogs.
To start you off, here are a few reverse culture/habitat shocks I’ve been dealing with in the past month:
1. Clothes, why you no dry?!
After months of living in 30+ degree heat that dries my clothes overnight, I’ve been staggered to find that my clothes can hang for over 3 days and still not be wearable. Life suddenly requires a lot more forward planning!
2. Coming face to face with a rainforest’s arch nemesis…
UK, why the aversion to bum guns? Water jets are a very common way to clean yourself off in Asia before wiping and quite frankly we should adopt them. Why? Well, without giving too much detail, I feel like I am single-handedly slaying the rainforest every time I take a number 2.
3. Where is my adoring press?
Narcissism alert! Surprisingly, very few people actually asked me about my experiences in Indonesia. Maybe that’s just my friends but other people I know who have spent significant periods abroad have reported similar circumstances. I speak for us all when I say “please ask me some damned questions!” because we’re all sitting here trying to say “when I was in [insert country]” or “that reminds me of this time in [insert country]” far more often than you realise. That said, I have done a lot of Indonesian cooking with my mum. Thank you, mum.
4. The biggest kid around the Christmas tree is…
…me! It’s been two years since I celebrated Christmas, so I’m the one insisting on Advent Calendars and taking the Christmas tree decorations a little too seriously. It looks awesome. I snapchatted it to everyone I could. After receiving a mediocre response, I put it on Instagram and waited patiently for day time to roll around in Jakarta where I knew my students would be super excited by it.