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).