There are still so many things in life I have not done. And this week I was able to cross some of those events off my list. Which is to be expected, of course, when you go abroad for a longer period of time. I didn’t pick Jakarta because I thought it would be easy and because I wanted it to be like home. I picked it because it was different: a little crazy even!
So now, after I have been here for a week (sidebar: it feels more like a month), I can say I crossed some very important things off my list of firsts (mind you, this is not a written list. Although I, as any other, love a practical list, this is not one I actually made).
- I have traveled to another continent (sure, I have been to Morocco, but it was with Ryanair, so does it really count…?)
- I have traveled with a backpack
- I have crossed a very busy street without using a zebra crossing (they are there, but it is more of a suggestion. One that the people in Jakarta really don’t care about much)
- I have hailed a taxi (I know… If you are a New Yorker reading this, you will probably laugh at me a little, or a lot. But then again, if you are a New Yorker and you are reading my blog, please leave a message! It will mean my blog has turned into something amazingly international)
- I have taken a semi-cold shower and liked it!
- I have been attacked by a toilet (the toilet situations can get a little tricky sometimes)
- I have been to a hospital abroad (don’t worry. It was for a regular check-up that is apparently obligitory when working in Indonesia.
- I have gotten a bloodtest and xray for under 15 euros
- I have eaten all kinds of traditional Indonesian foods, so that are a lot of firsts all rolled into one.
I wonder how many firsts I will have crossed off after five months here. I guess I’ll never know (because this is not a list I am keeping).
5 thoughts on “A week of firsts”
You should keep the list of firsts, but only update with past firsts (so not crossing off, but adding to :P ) Will we ever hear anything more specific about the Indonesian cuisine? :D I’d really really like that!
Most people from the developed countries will have all their firsts when they travel to a developing country. 😊 But isn’t that why we travel?! To many more firsts! 👍🏻
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Congrats on all your firsts. That’s what I love about travel and living abroad. I Just wanted to say hi from San Francisco. While its not NYC, I live in another great American city and often hail a taxi. I’m reading your blog in preparation for moving to Jakata new month. Your tips and musings are very helpful!
Thanks so much for your comment! Made my day! San Fransisco totally counts!
Have a great time in Jakarta! It’s a nice city to live in, I think.
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