Checking In…

Wow, time has really gotten away from me again here – I can’t believe it’s been a whole week already!

As you can probably imagine from the lack of updating, life is pretty busy at the moment!

It’s been a struggle getting back in to the swing of things at school, post holiday, but luckily for me this weekend marks Idul Fitri (the end of Ramadan) so next week is a national holiday too 🙂 My classes have been going fine, I just don’t have any classes that I LOVE at the moment, you know? They are all jut very average…

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Doesn’t stop them being super cute though!

Outside of school, life is amazing. Traditionally during Ramadan everyone spends a lot of time with their friends and family – eating, and just being, together – so that’s really fun to be a part of. Come 6pm everyday at school we have a big ‘break-fasting’ party, and have been continuing this tradition at the weekends too 🙂

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Finally, a few other recent snapshots…

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Still plodding along with the language learning….

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One day last October I saw Indonesia out of a plane window for the first time and remember thinking, ‘oh, so this is what it looks like. I’m going to be living here for the next year’. I still get the same feelings of anticipation every time I land here, but now it’s mixed with a comforting feeling of homecoming.

Anyway, I digress, I actually came here to tell you about my holiday!

Last week was spent visiting Gili Air with Erica and Nigel (friends from home) and it was amazing 🙂 I am so lucky that they came all this way to visit me!

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I was originally pretty stressed about plane delays and missed connections but everything went swimmingly and we arrived mid afternoon, giving us time to explore a little, drink some cocktails and eat some delicious seafood (this was pretty much setting the tone for the rest of the week..)

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The week was pretty much like one long remake of the film, Groundhog Day, but much more relaxing. Wake up, last breakfast, snorkel, lunch on the beach, lazy afternoon, happy hour cocktails and sunset, eat, sleep, repeat!

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Just what the doctor ordered 🙂

We did venture out to Gili T and Meno one day to meet these little cuties…

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All in all, lots of gossip and tanning, topped off with my first scrabble win ever while we were at the airport waiting to fly home – what a great week 🙂

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Now just to fight through 10days of work and fasting before my next week’s holiday 😉

Coffee Date.

Oops, I totally didn’t mean to ignore my little blog for this long – life just got busy!

So, what’s been happening? Well, the month of Ramadan is well and truly underway here and I have joined the rest of the country in giving fasting a go. The deal is that nobody eats or drinks from sunrise to sunset. It’s obviously difficult, especially not drinking, and everyone is very tired, but it’s surprising how little our bodies need to survive. The biggest impact is on my way of thinking – it’s only been a week but I already view food differently. Why eat something unless it’s going to taste delicious?

I am, however, spending a week on the Gili Islands on holiday now so will not be fasting and passing up the opportunity for day time cocktails and ice cream!

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Talking of holidays, I was looking at my calendar the other day as calculated that I will be working less days this month than I will be not working – that’s my sort of holiday ratio! 🙂

So I have finally been reunited with Erica and Nigel, friends from home for a little mini beach break 🙂

Before I left the UK Erica drew me this….

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We had no idea when ‘soon’ would be, but the day has finally arrived!

Low points of the holiday so far:
– Breaking my sunglasses the first time I tried to put them on.
– Discovering that there is no fresh water on the island and that even the showers are salt water.

First day highlights:
– The big reunion.
– The breakfast view (see previous picture!)
– Gin and tonic galore.

Right, I’m off exploring! Happy Sunday everyone 🙂