Wrapping up

Hello Everyone,

I’m sure you have all been breathlessly awaiting another blog post from us, so now that the holiday season has come and gone I am here to give you an update of what we have been up to. We are officially in our last week of our time here in Indonesia! In our next post Meagan is going to be giving you all a post trip summary and some reflections on our journey. For now, I am here to tell you all about what we were up to this holiday season!

Before Christmas we had a small Christmas party with employees and friends of our organization here in Indonesia, in which all of the crafts we (okay, mostly Meagan) had been making were put to good use.  Then, Meagan and I headed to Bali for Christmas where we spent 9 days travelling around the island. We then went to Java (where we visited Bandung and Jakarta) for New Year’s. On Java we were treated to some great food, tons of traffic, fun with new friends, and a chance to learn more about the  country we have called our home for the past nearly-seven months. Now, before I share some photos from the entire holiday season I thought I would share with you some of the things that Meagan and I noticed while we were in Bali.

Things we learned in Bali:

1. Bali is beautiful:

We were able to see many aspects of the island while there. From the beautiful white sand beaches of the south, to the equally beautiful black sand beaches of the east, as well as the gorgeous rice-paddy filled views of Ubud. The whole island was incredibly scenic.

2. Monkeys are sneaky:

While in South Bali, Meagan and I visited Pura Uluwatu, a beautiful Hindu temple perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean. However, the temple grounds are filled with some very sneaky monkeys, they try to steal literally everything they possibly can. I love monkeys (and all other primates, but that was covered in an earlier post), but I prefer monkeys who aren’t kleptomaniacs. Thankfully, all of our items remain in our possession (others we passed were not so lucky). One monkey even tried to steal my flip-flop while I was wearing it!

 3. Surfing is hard:

I can now officially say that I have tried to surf. I cannot say that I have surfed successfully, but I tried! Surfing is hard! We did, however, have a lot of fun learning.  Meagan and I really enjoyed our surfing lesson in Bali, but we came to the conclusion that it is not our sport.

 4. White Christmases are overrated:

We spent our Christmas in a little bungalow right on the beach with a volcano in the distance. It was very peaceful and a perfect place to spend Christmas day, which we commemorated with a bike ride along the coast. Our “Christmas tree” was made of green clothing draped over various items, but it was a wonderful way to spend the holiday.

So now, without further ado, here are a few photos of some of the highlights of the holidays:

 

The beach where we had our surfing lesson

The beach where we had our surfing lesson

 

Taken while visiting Pura Uluwatu

Taken while visiting Pura Uluwatu

 

Meagan on Amed Beach, where we spent Christmas Day

Meagan on Amed Beach, where we spent Christmas Day

 

Our "Christmas Tree"

Our “Christmas Tree”

 

The view from our Bungalow on Amed Beach

The view from our Bungalow on Amed Beach

 

The family New Year's party that we were blessed to attend in Bandung

The family New Year’s party that we were blessed to attend in Bandung

 

Learning more about Indonesian Culture while in Jakarta

Learning more about Indonesian Culture while in Jakarta

 

Visiting the National Monument (Monas) in Jakarta

Visiting the National Monument (Monas) in Jakarta

 

On the home front we’re currently in the process of wrapping up our experiments and creating various presentations to sum up what we’ve been up to while in this beautiful country. I’m sure our remaining few days will go by very quickly, and Meagan will be posting one last time in the next couple of weeks.

Thanks for reading!