26.02.2018

Last night my friend from Bali with her 2 Kids left. My first visitor! And I had such thoughts she wouldn’t like it here, cause she comes from such a different world. She surprised me! She want to to rent our house when we move out! The magic of this area and the simplicity made a good job! What a joy and amazement! And maybe we will even see us in 2 month again.. Happy me!

The last 10 days have been more holiday for us, we just went shopping in local markets, cooked our meals, entertained the kids a bit and made trips in the area. Ida and Ella are sad for sure today, cause no one there to play with and they couldn’t stop asking when they will come back.

Remarkably that Ida isn’t playing at all with the Indo kids like with her friend from Bali. Also very fascinating to saw her not stop talking to him since the met. They didn’t fight once and they played, laugh, whispered and screech from morning to evening.

At first the curiosity of the village kids was very high, but when they started to realize, that Ida and her friend were not able to interrupt in everything, they stopped coming by end of the week. And today the silence is oppressive.

One day last week our neighbor and house owner came up with this beautiful Blue Marlin. What a fine specium until they sliced him in pieces. We live in a fisherman village and every day early in the morning the people leave and come back by 10 am with fresh fish. Our neighbor buy it and wander around the village to sell. She try to sell it to us as well but usually I am already back from the market that time and cooked already. But sometimes, she is lucky. Not that day.

We had mixed weather last week, fiercest rain which enter Moggel our car and very hot sun with unbelievable sunsets. Nature and weather certainly helped as well that my friend fell in love with our place like me a few years ago.

The first 6 days we spent almost every day time at the beach and the last days the kids had enough and didn’t wanted to leave the house again.

Once we had a wonderful bathing session on low tide in front of our land. Usually only the locals walk the riff for getting crabs for dinner that tide, this time I used the chance to walk on the riff as well and could see for the first time our paradise from the seaside. What a view, 70 m full of wildness..

But te crowning end has been our jungle track. Ok, what we have done with kids I wouldn’t call it a track at all. We just made it 500 m into the jungle, but this was already impressive enough to get the right impression of a rain forest. We had to walk through a stony river, which has been the only way into the jungle, and we haven’t been prepare prepared. I walked bear food and my friend with old flip flops. Otherwise we would have come more far. Next time we will be prepared! And there will be a next time for sure it was just to breathtaking.

Our guide told us that in this area still give shelter to tigers and Orang Utangs, but he never has seen one.
So we got nature in abundance and who wouldn’t be impressed? Me for sure again and my friend as well. Or is it the discovery that you dont need that much to be happy? What ever it is, her heart is won. How many more it will win? Who is brave enough and wanna come to find out them self? We are waiting for you..

16.02.2018

What a sad week. So many loss, so many deaths. Jo had bought new chicks, 4 of them have been a bit more expensive and 9 normal village chicken, with the hope they wont die that fast like the overgrown laying hens which all died already.

When they just started to get used to us one must has been sick coming home and 1,5 days later it was dead. Before this one died he infacted almost all other chicks, they all had flu..

Als sich die Ersten sich an uns gewöhnt hatten, kam eins anscheinend  krank heim und war 1,5 Tage später auch schon tot. Er steckte leider vorher noch alle an, trotz Isolation. Es war wohl schon zu spät. Alle anderen Tiere wurden ebenso schwach und bekamen Schnupfen und ich ging jeden Morgen mit Bangen in die Küche, um zu schauen, wer die Nacht überlebt hat. Wir haben sie seitdem alle in Kisten verfrachtet und ich hab abends immer schön die Küche eingeheizt, so dass sie es nachts über schön warm hatten. Vitamin Tabletten und Inhalation haben nur bei einigen was gebracht und es haben bis heute, 5 Tage später, nur 4 überlebt. Eines wollte sich zu allem Überfluss ein riesiger Waran holen, da war ich leider etwas zu spät und er hatte das arme Hühnchen schon angebissen und es starb an den Bakterien seiner Zähne, die in die Blutbahnen eingedrungen waren.

Es gab aber auch schöne Tage neben der Trauer und dem Ärger mit den Hühnchen. Einen Morgen sind wir wieder einmal auf Wellensuche gegangen. Jo war aber nicht sehr angetan von der entdeckten, aber dafür konnte ich an dem Tag dann abends in Krui mal so richtig punkten und hab mir den ganzen Frust und die Sorgen der vergangenen Tage im Wasser abgespült. Ich hatte mega Spass in den kleinen Wellen, sodass ich mich endlich mal wieder wie eine Surferin fühlen konnte, da sich das in Way Jambu ja bisher noch so gar nicht eingestellt hat. Zum Abschluss wurde der Tag dann noch mit einem meega schönen Himmel kredenzt.

Dann hat Jo Sri Kaya geerntet, die ungeteilt in den Mündern der Kinder verschwunden sind. Wir könnten viel mehr ernten, wenn die Enten und Hühner nicht durch unseren Zaun kommen würden, um es uns weg zu fressen. Die Kühe kennen auch keine Grenzen, und das soll in der Trockenzeit noch schlimmer werden, da sie da nicht so viel zu essen finden wie jetzt gerade. Wir werden wohl nicht drum rum kommen, um diesen für mich unschönen Zaun.

Mein Chia ist jedenfalls gekommen, es bleibt jedoch spannend, ob ich sie wie auf Bali zuvor groß bekomme. Das ist mir dort ja leider auch nur einmal geglückt. Die ersten Beeren habe ich auch schon verdrückt, auch wenn es nur eine Angstproduktion der absterbenden Pflanze war, schmeckten sie vorzüglich. Pflanzen haben also auch Angst, was der Mensch sich bei der Apfelzucht hier auf Java wohl zu nutze macht. Demnach ist es wohl egal, was auf dem Teller landet. Ob Tier oder Pflanze sie sollten vorher doch ein schönes Leben haben und ich habe mir vorgenommen mehr dankbar zu sein für all das was ich so esse. Da bekommen die religiösen Dankesgebete irgendwie einen zuvor noch nicht entdeckten oder verstandenen Sinn, denn es steckt ja genommenes Leben drinnen. Ob diese Dankbarkeit nur bei Selbstherstellung bei mir aus tiefstem Herzen kommen kann, bleibt noch offen, bisher ist esjedenfalls irgendwie etwas besonderes selbst geerntetes zu konsumieren.

Unserem Land haben wir auch wieder Aufmerksamkeit geschenkt, es wurden die ersten Obstbäume gepflanzt und im Raster von den ersten 3000m2  alle Bäume festgehalten, so dass wir anfangen könnten Beete zu planen und dann anzulegen.

Beim markieren des geplanten Hauses haben wir dann auch gleich nochmal einen besseren Platz für das Baumhaus gefunden, näher am Gemeinschaftshaus und mit Meerblick, diese Kinder.

Für die gab es letzte Woche Unterricht im Freien. Wir sind mal zum Bali Village gefahren, weil es Babies geben sollte und haben dann gleich mal ganz viel über Schweine gelernt. Das hier ist ein Hängebauchschwein und hatte leider kein Wasser, obwohl sie wohl zu trinken brauchen.

Der Spaß durfte natürlich nicht fehlen, deshalb haben wir das im Dreck suhlen auch gleich mal am Fluss geübt und es wurde nicht nur das Gesicht paniert..

09.02.2018

What a week.  Rich in variety like the waether. Okay we didn’t had a storm, but rain, sun shine, really hot and pretty cold in the mornings was enough for us. As well our visitor. One time an old school friend from Jo wanted to come by with her family, but she didn’t mention that her family consist 14 members.

That’s why we had to move to the beach, our house is just to small for just an invasion. Jo organized some young coconuts and drove them with other staff down to the beach and we had a nice afternoon over here. The other visitor came with his sweet new dog last week without any announcement. Nice surprise from the other German in this area..

Also thrilling was to watch one of our neighbor producing palm sugar. If you want to read about it, I wrote an article for the blog of my old friend (only in German so far). Have a look here. Arenzucker

One day last week I had to stay in bed. I have been sick, not sick enough to read. So I started a new book and finished it in the evening 230 pages. So nice, not happen to often that I have time for a book. In the night I am usually to tired and during day to many things to do. I don’t wanna say, I love to be more often sick, but it was such a nice day. Cared for and reading. Such a dream.

The day after I have been hireling so Jo went with all of us to a new beach he found with an auspicious wave. He surfed and we had a nice picnic that morning.

Such a beautiful beach. I realize that I find almost everything beautiful over here. Jo mentioned that the waves has potentials so we came a few more times over to figure out the best tide, swell and swell direction. We spent such nice times over there.

Our pump is still working but not like Jo aspect it to work, so he climbed into our well and changed something to figure out the problem. Lets see if it work faster now. I am pretty happy to have this machine, even we use this just once a day, it makes life so much easier.

than I spent some time in our backyard to make some beds for our brought in seeds. It looks like the high humidity is destroying the seeds even we put them all in plastic sipper bag. From the 9 coconut shells I used to rise them only one germinated.

And then I got my power back and the wave god surprised me with a small swell. So I surfed the second time our home breack and shared the waves just with 2 turtles. What a gift. I hope the wave god will treat me well so I can get used to this crazy sick wave.

The Kids definitely love this place and the afternoon bathing sessions. Specially the once in the ocean during low tide as you can see.
At our land we have been too, cleaning and collecting rubbish , we decided which trees have to get felled (4 from over 40) and where we will place the warehouse, marked the boundary stones for the neighbor and explained them what we gonna do here etc etc..
Now we just have to start, the weather is definitely nice for everything we planed.

02.02.2018

From the past week all the exciting happen at the same day. A Weeding, Ella’s B-day and a lunar eclipse must be to much for Ella, cause 2 days later on Jo’s B-day she had fever and was sleeping till afternoon. However she was back to normal when Daddy wanted to go for Ice cream.

Sunday Jo fell, cut and brought the last coconut tree he bought a few years ago. The work to get it out the car for storage was at least as heavy then the load. No they are drying next to our house until we will build our own home

An other day Jo took us for a ride to a place he found recently and made him goosebumps. Some kids showed up so I couldn’t enjoy properly the view, cause I got to much attention. They watched us doing a pick-nick until Jo wanted to take a picture. The ice was melted ad they started to talk until we left.

We also had for the first time  2 days of rain, grey sky and heavy wind. That’s how I imagine the rainy season, but after this 2 days sun came out and ever since no more grey sky at all.

B-Days are the only celebrations we do. They are special because the birthday kid can the whole day decide what we do. That’s why on day we went swimming directly after cake for breakfast.

In the afternoon Ella wanted to drink a babychino, so we put our belongings in our car and headed close to Krui.  This special place had a beach as well which was well used that day. After that we had a short stop over at place owned by the only other German in this area to play some kids games with his son

In between we had to join a wedding at this day. This wasn’t stress free until a friend of Ella showed up and Ida got an Ice cream. We had to wait until food was given out and it was pretty hot even we sat in shadow. What an obligation. We haven’t even seen the couple properly nut could go home filled up with lovely food.

In the next pic you will see in the middle Okta. She is the bravest from the village, overcoming her fear of Tippi daily to play with Ella and Ida. She is loved by both and I hear them laughing most of the time they spent together.  She was also allowed to join our B-day trip to Krui (might be the first time for her leaving the village).

During a search for a perfect tree to build a tree house I figured out that Jo started to build a living fence during my absence. I’m not a friend of fences cause they exclude and are bounding. Okay, I see the need here, keeping the free range cows out of our place to stop them eating our plants. But my idea was to protect only the cultivated places but Jo having said this wouldn’t be enough to protect our land boarders. Omg, I hope we find a decent solution who everyone can live with. A good neighbor hood is so important over here..

(translated by myself)

27.01.2018

Today we went to check out a new beach for surfing. We had to round a place full of old coconuts and a man stood at a barrel burning them. So we were concerned and stopped to ask him out what he is doing.

outer skin

He explained that he is producing coal for his boss. We thought how interesting and let him show us how to do so. Pretty easy. Have look yourself:

inner skin, strong wood

He is adding coconut shells in the barrel level by level until its full and is burning them in each level.

full barrel

If all burned just cover it up with wet sand and wait until it cooled down.

cooling down

Clean it from sand and it is ready for use.

ready for sale

23.01.2018

Today I write you from a place called Lovina Camp. It is in a bay before or behind us however you want to see it. Since I’m back we have a severe storm over here. I guess that’s the reason why my internet is so bad. So I had to leave our village to the next bay where they have Fiberglas access to do my writings. Also I had some appointments through Skype even my mom had the chance to see the kids. Good on me, I am such an organizer. Hihi.

Three weeks darkness, tidiness and neatness left their marks. When I came back to Way Jambu I had been shocked in what a shithole we live in. 4 days later it looked different again. I might got used to it or it is just a progress of cleaning up and get connected again or I realized that it is just nature which we have in our home. First I didn’t want to leave and now i got the same feeling for here already back and this after a few days only. Pretty fast when I remember how long it took me to adapt to my previous home again. Almost 2 weeks of my stay before I realized the beauty of cold Germany again.

Maybe I wouldn’t have done it when I didn’t had the opportunity to go to Rügen. Much nicer in winter than in summer time, ok I have been lucky with the weather. Sunshine and f.. freezing. Anyway the sun was warming me up during our beach walk and in the evening time the sauna did their job very well. Like that wintertime is more than acceptable and makes a good impression.

In the beginning i was shocked from the importance things of the others. But maybe if everything is there it becomes just normal and the people need something else to complain about. I had some problems to accept the fact or got used to it with all the luxury and easy life over there.

However even with all my knowledge and the inner wish to live sustainable I have to admit having a warm shower and some other small stuff made me wastefully. Likely I can assess the value only when hart-earned. I will have an eye on it.

And what happen in South Sumatra while I had some great kids free time in Germany? Jo constructed a fence behind our rented house or fixed it and started to grow some plant.

He designed some highbeds and used his mangled wrists even the doctor advised him to rest. It grew already something over there but now even more. We kept from almost all our eaten fruits the seeds, lets see what will grow down here in this rich soil.

He also bought 5 little chics, 20 days old from a battery farm (rescuded) Two already dead. One got catched by a monitor lizard and the other got sick. A half day it sat close to our fireplace to catch up some heat and than it was dead. Chicken has been just birds, animals without any feelings, at least I had never that close contact to realize they are just like us. I have been so wrong. After the first day they already realized that I belong to them and they started to follow me where ever i went. We cuddle them as well, such a nice experience for all of us.

Jo sometimes mention how stupid the 3 chicks are, but I answered him yesterday: How can they know if there is no mother or an older one teaching them?
Well no more happen. The kids are totally arrived in our new home and have quite the Lampungnese sound in their voice. Just a question of time until they even can talk it. I am a bit afraid of it, I wont can hold up with this fast learner.

And that’s our life, doing here and there a little bit, observing our land and being happy with what we (and that’s a lot more than our neighbor have)

 

27.12.2017

Today I write with a cold sitting in long trousers, high- heeled knee socks, fluffy sweater and headache in the house of my mother. It is quite dark for the middle of the day and I miss already the light of my paradise. Usually I try to avoid the term “my” but in this case it is really just my idea of a paradise like I had to discover in the couple of pasted days talking to the people over here.

The last one and a half week (sorry I didn’t take time for writing earlier) was diversified and this not only in weather terms which reminded me on European April weather.  We started our week finally working on our land. Jo fast over due it, he didn’t stopped early enough even i told him to do so. So he had to suffer from pain in the wrists. We cleared the Zone 1 from brushwood around our future house, around 20 times 30 Meter with a machete. I had a lot of fun but for sure I destroyed some living space from some animals and I feel sorry for that. During the work I had to think about the discovering of new Land, I guess those people had the same feelings by crossing the Rain forest to explore the new Land.

Than once in a break I searched for our kids and I came to the beach where Jo and some village kids strip down a fallen coconut palm tree. Erosion and wind did a good job, the tree was around 30 years and full of coconuts. The kids were very happy about them. The best part of the tree, the heart placed between the youngest palm leafs, we shared with us and I have to say I never ate something better. And it wasn’t only for me that tasty as you can see.

After this enormous meal we had to have a break. Breaks are even for us without any pressure important otherwise we could lose our joy of the work. Living like this is just beautiful.

We also had to make it comfortable for the kids otherwise they would ask for our attentions all the time during working on our land. And our plan worked out very well, they hung out there for hours. They both are much more independent anyway like ever in Bali before. I´m still surprised and wonder where this comes from. For sure its also up to me but who knows? I don’t so far.

Then we prepared our house for our first visitor. I invited someone to support Jo during my absence. But after the first week in our new home, I knew it wouldn’t necessary at all. But to late to change plans so we started to pimp up a bit our place and we even set up a guest room.

Ida was allowed to perpetuate herself on the wall which was more than a great pleasure for her. I took care of the Bathroom and gave it a new style with a few means. We rented this place just for a year so there is no reason to spent a lot of money, but at least it is a bit more cozy for our westerner prosperity spoiled eye guest.

During Jo spared his wrist with weaving some palm leafs for a roof I tried to make a hat. It looks much better then it is. I still have to improve my skills. Its the same technique as for basket braiding so it should be good. And we will need a lot of baskets for our farm. So why spending money (I have to spent my time to earn it) if the leaves lying around and belong to whom they collect them? But first I have to survive the cold of Germany.

And then I finally took care of our brought plants. Almost all survived our long trip. I took some good soil from our neighbor who owns some cows after I cobble some of my brought rice and soil bags from Bali. With a few bamboo stick I named the plants and Voila plant bags done.

Furthermore we had to marvel at a newborn calve. Sooo sweet. Tippi was more interested into the placenta which was eaten by the mother. Only me were a bit disgusted. And again something new learned and to see for me as a girl from the city.

At the end of the week we all left our paradise to drop me in Bandar Lampung. What a journey! Very impressing to see the mountains from the front of a car which climbed our Moggel. High respect that he has done it, it surprised me even more now. And he has to do it an other time so uploaded because we have to pick up our left behind stuff from Bali. Well I’m curious if he will not fall apart this time. The mountain in the rain forest are more than steep that´s why everything got more expensive down there around Krui, cause the mountains are a dangerous. And then I had straight away my first cultural shock in the capital of South Sumatra with all the cars, the thousand of people and all the lights.

And now I sit in the highly developed Germany with all their luxury- and prosperity problems and miss my little uncomplicated paradise.
I have to struggle with all this till the middle of January. I will stop writing until I’m back. That’s why I wish you all the Best and a Happy new Year!!

Koni

(translated by myself)

15.12.2017

Yes. For me it is like paradise over here. And that overshadow everything else.

For sure there are shadows. But without them, the light would just half as beautiful.

We got proned. Really!! Robbed!
Indeed the thief has been a cat or more who ate our expensive fish. Annoying,  especially that I learned after the second time to hang up or store our fish properly. Our new door definitely didn’t keep them away.

Also all the hand work gives more joy as trouble so far. To scrape out coconuts to get the flesh for a curry is a really sweaty but satisfying event. I better not think about how many pieces I have to scrape for one liter of coconut oil. Luck me, I found a shop selling coconut oil. Unfortunately it comes in plastic like a lot of other stuff. Really bad, because there is no waste system over here.

A all day life couldn’t settle down either. Lots of spontaneous trips to other heavenly places made it hard to adjust.

It changed a lot behind the Mandiri beach, lots of new buildings. The beach himself is still as paradisiac as the last time I ‘ve been over there. Only the access changed a bit cause a truck driver disregarded the signs and drove overloaded over a bridge and smashed it. Such a shame it is the only street down to Krui..

We got redirected and could drive over the beach. This only works on low tide and not to heavy rain. And that just the beginning of the rainy season.

The day after we explored our own beach and wandered an hour in the opposite direction of the harbour.

The kids used our break for playing. They always find here something to play with, no toys necessary. Anyway I found it quite interesting to see them (spoild by moped) still full of power after such a long walk. I mean the tree was more than inviting them. Still. Unbelievable.

Another day we went to the house of the king of this area. The talk with the Prince where to boring for us girls  so we left the house and tried to get to the beach.

We didn’t make it to far. A river blocked our way, but it wasn’t such a hassle, cause there was a mud hole. What a fun..

Last but not least I became a chicken mom in the passed by week. Just for a afternoon, the little one must get lost. The chick clinged to me after I cuddle it for a while and then every time I left it behind to do my things it started beeping pittyful. My mother heart couldn’t take it and had to take care of this little sad creature.

I’m really curious how it will be when we have to kill our own brought up animals. I would be more than happy to encourage all to become at least vegetarian.

At the end of my review I wanna share my surf experiences. Cause the first highlight of it has been the fact that we could go by ourselves and has been alone in the water. The kids played at the beach. Sooo good! The second highlight: I surfed the Sumatran pipeline! Ok, it hasn’t been big but I thought I won’t surf her at all or at least after a couple of years watching it. That day it didn’t look that scarry and I might be so happy about the possibility that Jo an me could go for a surf together, that I forget about all my fears. Still, crazy wave. Respect. The breath taking turtle  popping up next to me made this work out even more worth.

Now the real life can start.

(Translated by myself)

Sooo much happened last week it feels like 2..

We made it or actually Moggel got us all plus our stuff safe over here. We were shaking and sweating but we done it. The mountains through the Rainforest were our last big worry from our journey down here to Way Jambu. But Jo managed to bring up our car in the first gear the long steep hill with me in the back shivering and admiring the view.

And then we were suddenly over there, faster than we expected. It was still light when we arrived in our village and every one was looking who is coming.

Our arrival also made the round fast and half of the Village came over to see who arrived and wanted to say hello to the strangers. With their help we unload pretty fast our roof which we storaged in our rented house. After seeing it and less sleep from the last night, we decided to move on and spent the first night in a friend’s place in next bay.

Our house is kind of Indo style. It has a roof, some walls and even a concrete floor. That’s enough so far until we know if we gonna stay. For me it’s christal clear and the kids already fall in love  with the life and all this neighbour kids.

Kitchen and Bathroom will most westerners scare off, but where fire is preparing food there is a black wall. And why they should invest into it, when it got dirty all over again? Indonesian people are more actically priced than into beauty.

Thanks to our brought pump, we always can catch water in our huge Indonesian basin and don’t have to use the well all the time. The power situation also changed so I’m a bit sad that I didn’t bring my blender. But that’s what I wanted, the real and pure Indolife. Now I have it almost beside the power.

The surrounding is just a dream and any time bad vibes coming up, I go to the beach and it’s gone. Not so many reasons to go there anyway. The sun is shining, it just doesn’t feel like in the rainy season so far.

We have done a  little excursion to the Bali Village close by. Looks like we will go there, anytime we miss Bali. Hope this will not happen to often.

First adjustments at our new house  started already. Nothing big, but they carted sand and riff from the beach.

During a walk over our land we found out that cyclon Dahlia left traces.  An other half Meter gone, if this going on like the last 3years, our land will be vanished in 40 years. But such a beautiful playground.

Surprisingly there more shopping options than expected. Every day there is a market, you just have to know where to go on what day. There is always traveling involved but at least you can get almost all what Bali local markets offering. Since we took out all our stuff from the car and didn’t get a motorbike jet, we all have to sit together in the front. Nice and cosy.

The kids feel so save here, they play for hours somewhere in and around the Village. Ida alread learned something from there new friends and is willingly sharing it with me. Here she shows me a old fruit with edible cores.

And that’s the way our last week past by, full with adaptations, food preparing, unpack our things, storage them, changing around, sweeping, reading to the kids, sweating, getting water from the well, washing our cloth by hand, fire making, checking our Land, going to the beach and checking the waves.

Just as I imagined only more beautiful..

(translated by myself)

1.12.2017

Today I am writing to you in a house of a Universe College of Jo. Our Plans were different, we supposed to be in Bandar Lampung, but made it only 40km far away from Jakarta from our last station.

Yesterday evening we left and have been ready to finally set over to Sumatra. But instead a cable stewed through and stopped us on the Highway around 23.30 o´clock. We got towed away and had our most evel night during the whole journey. Tons of mosquitoes and crazy noises didn´t let us sleep at all. But I´m more than glad for the compulsory break, cause forces of nature are making trouble.

If we would have continued we would have been surprised by this. The harbor had been shut down all ready, so we would have been cling tight on land with this kind of dangerous weather. Cyclone Dahlia rages between Java and Sumatra. I got the pic from the FB Page from the harbor.

The kids slept in the whole adventure. They had been tired after playing the whole day with the Kids of Jo´s brother.

The days before had been similar, the kids had a lot of fun playing at home and clamor like crazy. Heavy rains forced us to stay in the house anyway, so it wasn’t a big deal. Besides we made the experience of severe congestion, Jakarta between 3 and 8 pm by car, it´s a NO GO, believe me, we have been in there for 4hours.

One day we dared us out again. Lucky us not much rain or jam at all. We went to the president palace in Bogor and had a look at the surrounded botanical garden.

The journey was it definitely worth to go. We didn’t took only nice pictures we also got some seeds and very good books! Our plant collection is growing, and hopefully we will get them all safe to their new home.

The huge trees in the botanical garden in contrast to the huge buildings,  we has seen in Jakarta a few days before, let us respire again. Between all this old enormous creatures we found a mystic in the air which let us spent some wonderful peaceful hours over there, far away from AC and people. Cheerful.

But the greatest by the past by week has been Ida´s milk tooth loss. The adult teeth is sitting already for a while there but now its space for them. Such a strange moment, her entrance to the adult world. Mixed feelings came up from pride fullness over fear and admiration to joy.

And now we sit here and wait in Tangerang. Hopefully the Cyclone will fast pass by  so we can continue our traveling and finally put our fingers in our land.

(translated by myself)