“Love is in the air” is how I began my last post and it is still a fitting introduction for this next (very brief) post. In short: I am happy here. Very happy. Outrageously happy, even. There are certainly ups and downs, but as I am getting more comfortable here there seem to be many more ups than downs.
The language was the biggest barrier in the first few weeks/months. I am nowhere near fluent now, but at least I am able to express myself and can understand most of the mundane conversations that are happening around me. I am on great terms with my school, my neighbors, Caitlin’s school, and various groups outside those realms. I interact with people from every demographic and am a regular at a few key establishments.
I feel very much at home here and am dreading the flight back to America. It is going to hurt to sever the ties I am working so hard to form now, but I know that I will be back. It is the people that always bring me back to places.
In the meantime, my love for Indonesia continues to grow day by day. I don’t claim to understand Indonesia; there are a lot of things here that are confusing, frustrating, and painfully inefficient. But there are also things here that are wonderful, refreshing, and delightfully surprising. It is a mix, a balance, my new life here. But the scales are definitely tipping in the favor of happiness.
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You make us happy that you are happy. It’s contagious!
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I am so pleased that you are so happy Kelly! Don’t be sad to come home to us tho!!
Aww, Aunt Betsy you know I’ll be so so so so happy to see you when I come back! I just mean that I am loving life here and it pains me to think about leaving. But I have decided that I would like to apply to come back for round 2 either as a returner (i.e. I will do the same thing again next year but have more responsibility for the next cohort of ETAs) or the regional coordinator (I would work at the AMINEF/Fulbright office in Jakarta).
Either way, there is still a lot of time between now and then. And don’t worry — I’ll definitely come home for a visit. Love you!