August 2017 - February 2018
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  • Day12

    Learning about life in BSD (City)

    August 14, 2017 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    So many things to do... at first I repaired my bike and equiped it with my German basket and lock. I then went to the local market by bike (very, very dangerous as there are practically no sidewalks and you get to ride with the motorbikes). I bought tons of fresh vegetables and fruits and then discovered a cosy little place called WOOW where I was able to eat a non spicy dish and got a real café latte :-). More shopping followed... all those things I needed to give away in Germany because I didn't have the time to take them to my storage place, I need here.... which is a little frustrating. My fish keep me company, but one is too eager and continuously jumps out of the pond which means I have to take two musli bowls to throw him back into the pond. I am really afrait that he will suffocate, because when he does this whenI am not here, noone will save him. This morning I found him outside again ....Read more

  • Day12

    Pimping up my garden and house

    August 14, 2017 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    The people who know me well know how much I love to decorate my living space. Since all my favorite stuff is still on the way... on some ship between Hamburg and Jakarta.... I felt the need to buy at least some things to brighten up my house. I've never had so much space (and I never will again btw) and I sometimes feel left in this place. I did not expect it to be so hard to find nice and affordable objects so I mainly concentrated on the garden. Having a lotus flower in my back yard and a frangipani on my front lawn is a dream come true <3Read more

  • Day12

    Discovery trips with Gerhard

    August 14, 2017 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    On saturday, Gerhard (my collegue) took me to my first internations meeting in Jakarta. It took place at a roof top bar in some hotel in Jakarta. The croud was mixed, a lot of indonesian women (hardly any men) and expats.... some old, white, fat men were also part of the crowd and they tried to chat up the youngest and pretties of the girls. Yikes! I did meet some nice and interesting people, too though. Yesterday, Gerhard and I went to Kemang to look for furniture. It's a very trendy part of Jakarta with lots of stores, cafés and bars. Most of them were closed though. We did find some really nice furniture. Afterwards we had dinner at a Mongolian restaurant - some kind of hot pot. Gerhard got his beloved Bintang (beer) and I tried out the famous (???) mushroom drink... it wasn't bad at all!Read more

  • Day27

    Trying out diffent kinds of food

    August 29, 2017 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    The indonesian cuisine is different from Thai, Vietnames or Indian food. A lot of ingredients are fried or deep fried, drinks tend to be awefully sweet, it's a challenge to find dishes with a lot of vegetables not to mention salads. Rice (nasi) is very common and dishes are usually VERY spicy (And I love spicy food). But there are a lot of dishes and drinks to discover. You've got an amazing choice of fruits and you CAN get any kind of vegetable on the market and make European style salad. You can even find feta cheese in the supermarket, however for the price of about 8 Euro for 200 gr. Muesli without sugar can be bought for about 12 Euro (400 gr), Yoghurt costs about 3 Euro (500 gr.). So I've started to eat porridge for breakfast :-) I try to go to local small warungs (little simple restaurants) as often as possible, however during the week I eat at school. We've got a really good choice of indonesian food at two different warungs and a cafeteria which serves both, western and indonesian food. You never go hungry in this country!Read more

  • Day37

    Going out

    September 8, 2017 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Went out for the first time since my arrival. We had drinks and snacks at BCA Tower Skybar. The view is fantastic and the food was good, but I just can't get used to being surrounded by wealthy expats and rich Indonesians only when I know how poor the majority is in Indonesia. ... That just isn't my kind of thing...Read more

  • Day45

    Ordering food

    September 16, 2017 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    Since I am such a lazy/lousy cook, I have tried to order food with the help of an app called go food. It's supposed to be easy but actually It's not. At least if you have just started to learn the language and you don't know all of the dishes yet. So you choose a restaurant and then the dishes but often the photos won't load so you don't have any idea what you are ordering or you end up always ordering the same dishes - the ones you already know. Then the app searches a driver for you who will drive to the restaurant, order your meals pay for them and take them to you. Most of the time he will call and then you'll have to try to understand him and reply. Sometimes the restaurant is closed and you have to start over again. Because that has happened to me several times I have started to order more than one meal... So it's actually worth it.Read more