Dada Solo Sayang
|Lisa and her assistants|
I have never smiled so often from the bottom of my heart as I did during my time in Indonesia. I never felt so warm for an entire year, as the temperature never drops below 25 degrees (as long as you don't climb mountains). I heard so many interesting new stories of wonderful people in such a short time. And I never had a job that I loved so much before, probably also because of the people I worked with.
|On Bromo with Lisa's assistants and the team of the UNS|
That all made it incredibly hard to say goodbye. When I realized that my year would end soon I had to start thinking of all the wonderful people I missed so bad, who would be waiting for us in Switzerland, just to make it a little easier to say goodbye to my new indonesian family. That worked quite well. But to know that some of the people, whom I met during this intense year, would be gone
from my life
forever as soon as I board the airplane, was really really hard.
Luckily, I had Fabian with me, who would be there for me, just as he
was the seven years before. And lucky me, to have so many adventures
coming up, knowing that there will be more people whose company I
will enjoy, and knowing that I will never forget any of the wonderful
people in Solo.
|Goodbye lunch in Solo with our hostmum|
Compared to Lisa, I had quite an easy start. While she struggled in the beginning and “suffered” at least a minor culture shock, I arrived into a nest already made. Of course I had to get to know the people Lisa called family and friends already. But we already had a good home, Lisa knew the city quite well and could explain me all the quirks of the Indonesian culture. But while I enjoy being pampered and guided around for a couple of days, I also tried to immerse myself into the Indonesian and Javanese culture as fast as possible.
|Listening to keronjong in a Solo neighborhood|
Looking back at the six or more months I called Solo home I feel first and foremost thankful. Thankful for the friendship, thankful for the love and inspiration I experienced.