I wanted to take this opportunity to give you a bit of an update and show you all some pictures of what Meagan and I have been up to since arriving in Indonesia. Also, since this is Jessica and not Meagan writing this post, you can be assured that this will not be predominantly a rant about sheep (except to assert that everything would be better off if they were goats). I will, however, go on a short tangent about giant birdhouses.
The building that we are living in, which is also the office of the organization we are working with, is surrounded by a number of four story buildings which appear to be apartments or businesses but are, in fact, very large birdhouses. These birdhouses are built to attract a certain type of bird called an Edible-nest Swiftlet, who come and build their nests in the birdhouses. These nests are then sold around the world, particularly to China, where they are eaten and used mostly as the main ingredient in bird’s nest soup. The birdhouses even have counters to keep track of how many birds leave and enter, and are constantly playing recordings of the sounds the birds make in order to help attract them. This sounds like quite the process for a few tiny nests, but it can be quite the lucrative process considering the nests can sell for up to $100 a piece! That’s $2000 a kilogram! Anyway, now that you are considering why anyone would ever pay that much to eat a bird nest (they’re believed to have special medicinal properties), I will show you just a few photos so you can see what we’ve been up to lately.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into our lives. Please note that this recap pretty much only encompasses what we were up to in July, and we will hopefully have another post soon to let you all know more about what we were involved in in August. Thanks so much for reading and for all of your support!
Sampai Jumpa (See you later)!