August 2017 - February 2018
  • Day185

    The first 6 months...

    February 3, 2018 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    So, today, I've been in BSD, Indonesia, for exactly 6 months and I can say that I've finished settling in. My house is furnished (photos nr. 4 and 5), my container arrived 3 months ago (photo nr. 3), I've travelled to Sulawesi (nr. 2 and 8) and Bali (nr. 9 and 10). I'm enjoying every minute of the good weather (nr. 1), have tried many kinds of food and drinks (nr. 7). Live here is comfortable and easy going. Working is fun as students are polite and hard-working, the school ground is amazing and my colleages motivated and helpful. I've "survived" the first vulcano eruption and earthquakes, have shared my house with lizards, cockroaches, a rat, a scorpion and hundreds of mosqitoes. I know how to get around BSD and Jakarta, have made the first friends outside of school, went out partying and have gotten a tast of local life here. There are so many experiences ahead and I can't wait! Applying at the German School of Jakarta and moving to Indonesia has certainly been one of the best decisions I've ever taken. Let's see where life is leading me :-)Read more

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  • Day89

    Trying out the Intro Jazz Bistro

    October 30, 2017 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Tried out another café today - the Intro Jazz Bistro and Café. They serve delicious food, good coffee and decent mocktails in a very laid back and cosy atmosphere. I'll definitely come back 😊

  • Day87

    Discovering the neighborhood

    October 28, 2017 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    No need to go to Jakarta to discover new things... there is plenty to see in BSD just a short bike ride away! Finally had my bike repaired (bought some lights too and will be safer now on the street at night) and then discovered a new coffee shop in my neighborhood. Tried out like juice, iced coffee mocha and a desert I had never tried before but found to be delicious. Coffee ice on green jelly topped with jack fruit. Sounds weird but tasted like heaven 😋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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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