Well I’m finally in Balige, Northern Sumatra; my final destination, which will be home for the next ten months. I landed in Jakarta on Sunday, July 23rd and stayed until the 24th.
In these few days I connected even more with my fellow ETAs and had a blast doing so! I had my very Indonesian meal called Gado-gadowhich was delicious. According to my taste buds and to google, gado-gado is an Indonesian salad consisting of steamed vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, boiled potato, fried tofu and tempe and served with a peanut sauce dressing. So many authentic flavors in one dish & I can’t wait to eat it again!
One thing I noticed was the amount of cats in Jakarta! Stray cats everywhere! I just want to take them all with me and hold them, but I have to remember these are not house cats, they are stray cats 😦
After returning back to the hotel room, it was time to pack and sleep since the next day it was time to reach our final destinations. Waking up at 2:45am while being jet-lagged from previous days, and having your sleep schedule completely off was actually pretty easy! I’m not sure where I’ve gotten this energy from, but I sure am thankful for it. We took the shuttle to the airport at around 4:30 am, flight took off 8:10, and I was in the air by 9:30 and landed in the beautiful city of Balige at around 10:30. After meeting my awesome counter-parts at the airport, we grabbed a cab and headed to my home.
Everyones question so far has been, “how do you feel? are in culture chock?” My answer: I feel great and I am taking everything in day by day. I am loving the new culture and the way of life the people of Balige live. They follow the traditional Batak culture. I am learning so many new things everyday, this being one of them. The Batak Culture is a term used to identify ethnic groups found in Northern Sumatra. Bahasa Indonesia is not their first language, Batak is. My co-teacher even invited me to a traditional Batak wedding August 24th and I am so excited and very thankful to be invited.
After a very long and exciting day, I was finally beginning to feel what the term “jet-lag” means. Whoa..my brain was heavy, foggy and I felt like I was in a dream. My first night I slept like a rock for a solid 8 hours.
Until next time readers.