Greetings from Jakarta

It was a long two-day journey, but I am finally in Jakarta!!!! I was pretty good at resting for most of the trip, but as I was flying from Singapore to Jakarta I literally could not contain my excitement. I knew that I probably should sleep, but I was just so excited to get my first glimpse of Indonesia!!!

The trip itself was very smooth. I had no delays and all my planes arrived early. Really the only slightly inconvenient part of the trip itself was having to go through security four different times–which in reality is not that big of a deal. I even made it through customs and immigration very efficiently.

Flying over Jakarta itself was a very interesting experience. My first glimpse of Jakarta was of what I later realized was one of the slum communities. All you could really see were tin and brown roofs in haphazard order around a central mosque. From the sky you can clearly see that pretty much every little community has their own mosque. I am glad that my first glimpse of Jakarta was a slum community because it made why I am here real. I am so excited to get to finally go out sometime this week and see it up close.

When I got to the airport my boss and two of the girls who work for the non-profit were there to greet me. We went to breakfast and they helped me get money exchanged and then my phone all set up. I got to move into my temporary house and rest for a few hours. I went to dinner with my boss and his wife and then went on the hunt for Indonesian coffee, which I made for breakfast this morning and it was quite good.

It’s been a good first 24 hours and am excited for the adventures to continue!

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