Getting To Know The Neighborhood

Selamat pagi! After a couple of weeks of touring around we’re finally getting settled into our new home in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

As I was preparing for the whole Pac-Rim trip, I always thought that this particular part of the trip would be the most challenging: we will be here the longest, I have almost no communication skills in the local language, and Gareth will have the most work to do. I’m sure I’ll muddle through with a few miscommunications and wrong turns in taxis, and in the end maybe my Indonesian will actually improve! It’s just that making those kinds of mistakes seem a bit more stressful with Hugo
in tow.

We spent the first day here unpacking and getting to know our neighborhood. We’re in a house a bit back off the main road on a small lane.

Our small lane. It feels semi-rural, with chickens running around, small rice paddies, and banana trees everywhere, but we are not far from the main part of town.

Our small lane. It feels semi-rural, with chickens running around, small rice paddies, and banana trees everywhere, but we are not far from the main part of town.

We found a rambutan tree.

If you're never had one, they are a lot like lychee

If you’re never had one, they are a lot like lychee

Hugo was amused by the blue eggs.

Fun fact: blue chicken eggs usually come from just certain breeds of chicken found in China and Chile that have a high incidence of a particular retrovirus that changes the chemistry of the eggshell. A dose of science with your breakfast!

Fun fact: blue chicken eggs usually come from just certain breeds of chicken found in China and Chile that have a high incidence of a particular retrovirus that changes the chemistry of the eggshell. A dose of science with your breakfast!

We interacted with the not-so-wild life.

Birds are a popular pet

Birds are a popular pet

We bought some ripe rambutans to take home.

You shouldn't eat them until they turn red

You shouldn’t eat them until they turn red

We ate them later while waiting for the rain to stop.

When he was scared of the thunder, I sang him "My Favorite Things." It worked. Thanks, Fraulein Maria!

When he was scared of the thunder, I sang him “My Favorite Things.” It worked. Thanks, Fraulein Maria!

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4 thoughts on “Getting To Know The Neighborhood

  1. Hi Beth,
    I enjoyed reading your blog. Happy third birthday to Hugo! He looks like a very happy birthday boy in the picture with you, having just released the butterfly. I hope you will like living in your Indonesian town.
    Can you put me on the list to receive your blog? Thanks, Charlotte Stanley

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