Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Catching up....

A little over six months ago, my family and I left Jakarta, Indonesia to begin a new adventure in Baltimore, U.S of A! It was sad to leave a city that we had called home for two years. We had a fabulous group of friends, Keon had a wonderful bunch of mates, we had a beautiful home, great places to go on holiday and truly an experience of a lifetime. But all good things must come to an end and so we packed up our house, said our good-byes and shipped all our belongings to Baltimore.
Below are a few pictures of our time in Indonesia....

Keon and Armid chilling poolside in Bali
sunset in Uluwatu, Bali
I loved Indonesia...love Love LOVED the country, its people and some of the food (i was never as adventurous as Armid in that department). We lived in an overcrowded, polluted city known as Jakarta which had so much to offer in terms of entertainment, shopping, restaurants, salons and spa's, playgrounds for the kids. One thing that was definitely missing though was open green space, like a park. Jakarta had none of that kind of thing and so we either had to travel out of town to get a taste of nature again or go back home and soak it all in. The official language is Bahasa Indonesia and what I loved about it is that, among others, it has dutch influence. In South Africa, one of the 11 official languages is Afrikaans which also has dutch influence and so we were able to understand a couple of words or phrases because they are so similar. Some examples include pisang (banana), gordyn (curtain), handuk (towel), kamar (room) and tas (bag).

There is so much to be said about Indonesia, its rich history and its people and I'll probably bring somethings up in future blogs! I do however, miss my friends in Jakarta SO MUCH! I think of them often, especially as we've all either got kids the same age, were pregnant at the same time or just had such a damn good time with them every time we hung out! I hope we can all get together soon and have a mini reunion :)

Some of our closest friends. Top are Adele and Emily. Below are Marc, Sean, Joe and Willem
A few of our wonderful Indonesian

Till the next time...

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