TWO WORDS: SQUAT TOILETS.
1. When in doubt splash water everywhere
2. Soap is your best friend
3. Water is your frenemy
4. Take off your pants if you’re a beginner. You are not a pro
5. Dry yourself completely!
6. Splash more water
7. Splash even more water
8. Pour water down that hole to your heart’s content….and then some. Clean everything.
9. Think of going to the toilet as a long adventure that involves removing your clothes
10. WASH YOUR HANDS
11. At minimum, “mandi” (bathe) at least twice a day. It will definitely be cold.
12. Use the squat toilet, then bathe right after. EFFICIENCY FTW.
13. Google heavily if you have to
SN: Squat toilets actually aren’t that bad. Half the time I prefer them to western toilets.
So much has happened since I’ve posted LAST WEEK. I don’t even know where to begin. I’m on my phone and I have fat thumbs so I’m just going to give a brief update and expand later. Here are the basics:
1. I’ve taken a 21 hour flight from Dc to Indonesia. Well, not directly. A lot of hopping around, stiff backs, soft apologies,and then eventually not caring because sitting for HOURS has broken all of my manners (I lied I mean, come on, I’m me. I have this fear of inconveniencing people so I always try to accommodate others needs above my own. I’m definitely a people pleaser. I should most definitely take care of that….but wouldn’t that be an inconvenience for my therapist? The cycle never ends!)
2.I’ve been in Indonesia since Monday! It’s amazing, it’s beautiful, and it’s humid as hell. Of course there are setbacks but what doesn’t have it’s setbacks? I seriously can’t complain. Everyone has been so kind, courteous, open, and thoughtful. Here people GREET one another!!it is so refreshing to say “Selemat Pagi” (good morning) and have a genuine reply.
3. I’ve been in a continuous daze. I feel as if I’ve been shoved in front of a tv with my lids forced open being fed an overwhelming amount of information at one time. From the language learning, to meeting staff, learning about health, and learning about safety. It has been a lot to take in, but I’m confident that I’m retaining at least half of it.
4. My fellow volunteers are well educated, well-traveled people. I feel like I have so much to learn from them alone. It is hard to meet other people who share your passions, similar dreams, and similar intentions in our goals. It can be intimidating sometimes, because of how much I admire each and everyone of them. Sometimes I’ll talk to a fellow volunteer and they’ll speak of things they’ve already done and seen and I have so much respect for them
5.I’ll be meeting my host family at the end of the week!
Till next time,
Soooooo I have some news *drumroll please*
I received my invitation from the placement office! I am headed to Indonesia!!!!!
I literally screamed when I read the letter then cried for a long time. I’ll be leaving in a couple of months!
I was given over 200 pages total in packets to read via email. I will be receiving even more info in the mail in 5 days. I am beyond ecstatic!
I don’t even know what to do with myself at this point. It is really Happening! I’m in!
I’ll post soon with a more detailed update.
Until then, Keep smiling (: