While in Sri Lanka, we visited the beautiful Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. I can’t say I’m usually much of a garden person (this may have stemmed from the time I got attacked by a hive of bees at the gardens when I was five years old…)* but I absolutely loved my time at this place!
In Jakarta, there’s not a whole lot of green. Trees are sparse, grass more so. You can taste the dirty air, and skies have only the faintest hints of blue… right after a heavy rain drags to pollution down with it.
During ESL class, we study a few idioms each week. Last month, we talked about what it means to say that “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” I believe that this is true of me and green things and fresh air and things in general that aren’t concrete**.
I found our time in these gardens to be so relaxing and rejuvenating!*** Here are some of the beautiful things that we saw.
*For the record, I voted on NOT going to this garden and was dragged along despite. Five-year-old me had some wisdom!
**Or some cheap, less safe form of concrete.
***And, it turns out, “visiting the botanical gardens” is not synonymous with “get attacked by a swarm of angry bees and be scarred for life”!