For those who enjoy reading my blog and wonder why I have not been posting, it is not going to be possible to keep a daily blog going while I am here in Indonesia.
Firstly, my mobile data and hotel wifi (when I have them) are far too slow and the backlog of images I need to upload to photobucket is just getting bigger.
Secondly, it takes me 2-3 hours to write each post. This is a big chunk of my day that I can’t use doing something else. I have to work about 3 hours every day already so add blogging to that and it’s becoming a bit of a struggle (and my work is suffering).
Thirdly, travel here in Indonesia is challenging. The weather is stinking hot. The noise is constant. And I haven’t spoken to a native English speaker in almost two weeks, which is a challenge for me because I do like a good yarn. Sure, I speak with Indonesian people when I can but it’s not the same because we both have to work hard to make ourselves understood. So I need to focus my energies on what will give the best outcomes … and that is on actually being here rather than writing about it.
I want to enjoy this trip for what it is. I want to have the time and energy to take everything in. I blog for me – to share my stories in my own way and time. But right now, my blog feels a bit like an obligation. I need to experience Indonesia. There will be time to post agaiin later. Or maybe there won’t. I just want to disconnect a bit and see where the rest of my month here takes me. And, who knows, maybe even have stories to tell when I get home rather than have everyone say, “I know. I read it on your blog.”
I’m having a good time. I don’t mind a challenge. I like the scenery, enjoy the riding and love the food. This weekend my mother, grandmother and aunt will join me (or should I say, I will join them) here in Indonesia. I am looking forward to my time with them. My grandmother was born in Semarang so it will be really cool to be there with her. And Mum and I are going on a trip together to the Dieng Plateau, which will be awesome.
See you when I see you. I’ll have lots of stories to tell and photos to share when I am ready.