Indonesia Throwback

Indonesia has a lot to offer. Living there for 19 years, we have only begun to scratch the surface of the history, people, culture, and food (don’t forget food!) that makes Indonesia what it is today. I mean, there are over 17,000 islands, each with its unique culture. So far, we’ve only been to five! Here we have some pictures about the places that we have gone to. These are the only ones that we have with us, but when we return, we’ll make sure to take tons more! Here are some interesting facts about us. We were born in a small island called Lombok, which translates into Chili in English. And really, the people there eat spicy food all the time! The animals also have a preference for spicy food (which I find really interesting).

We lived in a volcanic island called Java, in a highland city called Pandaan. Our house overlooks an active volcano and a couple others…they erupted recently, while we were studying in California. The dust resembled snow as they poured on top of our house. No worries, though. Our family is fine.

We went to school in a city an hour drive away called Surabaya. It has a lot of business and good food. There are many small alleys and it was always great fun to go around on your bicycle or motorcycle.

There is Bali, a simply wonderful island with everything you can ask for: mountains, beaches, tourist spots, good food, marketplaces, antique shops, and even a forest full of friendly monkeys! We used to work at an art gallery called Ginger House in Bali Collection, Nusa Dua, Bali. It was a great experience.

We also have Jakarta, our capital city. There are lots of things to do, but the highlight is the shopping centers. Make sure to be prepared for traffic, though, because some parts of Jakarta are very crowded!

Our grandparents lived in a small, out-of-the-way village called Banyuwangi. There were rice paddies behind their house where we used to play kite (and sell our grandma’s stuff when we were angry at her). To go to this village, we have two routes: through a dense forest called Merawan (it sounds a lot like rawan, which means prone to danger) or along white-sand shores.

So, where next?

– athena



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