Next steps


This time I am sitting in Singapore. I thought for my last Visa run I make it myself a little more comfortable and less stressful. Well, what can I say? The Indonesian president decided to come for a visit to Singapore on short notice. So the embassy was closed.

That this was the day that myself and most likely a few more people wanted to sort out their visa, was probably one thing that Jokowi did not think about. Nor would he have thought about the extra costs from changing flights, extra nights and the food that one had to take care of. Well I have seen quite a lot from the Indonesian officials but this one was just the peak and all I can do is shake my head and see the POSITIV – time for myself and warm running water…

Time for myself: long before I became housewife and mother I loved going for long walks on the beach or just lazed around in bed. Since the kids are there, this time has minimized immensely and I like looking back to the times when I was traveling alone. So I truly welcome every opportunity that I can get to be alone. Thank you Jokowi, I will treasure deeply every minute.

Running warm water: what a luxury this is to me and normal to so many others of us. Now for 7 years, daily I boil a pot of water so that I can have a warm shower. Normality lets people lose their appreciation and the relation to the essence disappears. With that we are tight, decoupled and lose touch. It starts in our daily lives and ends in our relationships. I believe that this is one basic problem of our society. And this is exactly want we want to uncover at our surf farm. We would like to help the people, which want to visit us, to find again the relations to things and acknowledge the value of everything.

Well is a warm shower necessary at the tropics? For me – yes, because in that respect I have mutated to such a mollycoddle. During the dry season I get so cold that I wear long trousers and I need a thick duvet. Sometimes it is even to me not understandable. Anyway I am very glad to have packed long trousers because this climatized city is really freezing. Thank you, Jokowi for every drip of warm water that touches my body.

And now there is another pleasant happening:

For ages people kept asking me were we would live ones we arrive at Way Jambu. I really did not want to let anything being built without me being there (passed experiences). So I was not sure myself where we would stay. It didn’t quite worry me at all as much as it did others. By the end of the day there is always more than one path which one can take. Most of the times I was asked this question I just shrugged my shoulders. Well and I received mainly a lack of understanding.

Nevertheless, my unconcern and my trust started caring fruits. At first Jo had bought an old car with a chest at the back, which I wanted to establish with a bed and a cupboard and now we are even renting a house again. 7 houses down the road from our plot Jo has found a new house to rent. Considering that the raining season is going to start soon it is quite a good idea to have a roof over our heads. Also it can be quite helpful to settle in at the village.

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