Last week, I was blessed to host a friend in Indonesia for the first time!
I was absolutely overjoyed to have Bekah here and to be able to show her around. She was a trooper – I still had to work a full work week, and she was awesome about embracing whatever we were doing.
We spent the weekend in Jakarta, ojek-ing around the city and visiting some of the tourist sights (that I had never been to before!)
We even got to touch a komodo dragon!
I knew it would be wonderful to have a friend in town, but what I didn’t expect was the fresh perspective with which she gifted me. Having lived here for over a year now, it’s easy to stop noticing the little things. Whether simply different, or comical, or good, they start to blend into the fabric of life.
I really learned a lot from the way that Bekah approached the week here. Despite the fact that she only had 7 days in Indonesia, she picked up a substantial amount of the language, chit-chatted with the guards at my building, and learned my students’ names.
She shadowed me through my normal routine, and it was as if I was watching someone else live my life. Except that she stopped to appreciate the little things more, wondered at the culture, embraced the experiences.
I really learned a lot about the place I live seeing it through her eyes!
Here are a few of Bekah’s pictures of the beautiful things that are part of my daily life, yet I rarely stop to notice.