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Published: October 22nd 2006
This is my last entry from Banda Aceh, Indonesia. I am at totally different extremes emotionally - so happy to be starting a new position in East Africa...so sad to be leaving my friends here in Aceh. My heart is getting a workout these days.
I haven't had time to reflect back on my time here this year...but I wanted to jot down some thoughts on things I’ve learned about myself before heading off:
1. the moment you force religion or authority is the moment it starts to weaken because it drives out the creative thinkers, leaving those that only know how to follow rules.
2. if an Acehnese person catches enough fish by Tuesday, he will take the rest of the week off. if an American catches enough fish by Tuesday, he will work the rest of the week and pocket the profit. who says which way is better?
3. if i could have one superpower in the world, it would be to never have to go to sleep.
4. watching “intense” movies about drug addicts and surfers is ridiculous when you’re sitting next to a person that survived a tsunami.
5. sometimes you
Aceh Glam Sqaud!
Afternoon tea party with my glamorous expat girlfriends. Who says NGO workers don't have style?!?
have to stick up for what you believe is right - but in the end, the boss is the boss.
6. praying 5 times a day, no matter how “busy” you are, is a good way to keep life in perspective.
7. my biggest concern is maintaining my relationships at home, despite the distance.
8. job hunting suuuuuuucks!
9. The American method of dating puts a lot of pressure on a new and fragile relationship. Getting to know a person first around friends is a nice alternative. even better, with friends who have motorbikes.
10. Aceh has huge oil reserves.
11. ALL lightbulbs and new toilets in Aceh are energy-saving.
12. your boyfriend will do the things you’ve nagged him to do for years (buy motorbike, get new clothes, take time off from work)...right after you break-up.
13. there should be no talking on airplanes. asshole.
14. it’s time we start understanding islam by teaching arabic in american highschools - now.
15. i am a libertarian and, as such, appreciate the lack of rules in the third world.
16. men in sarongs are HOT!!!
okay, not exactly deep
It's the weather stupid!
I am scientific proof that people who don't exercise because it's "too cold" would actually be active if only it was summer all year long.
thoughts, but that's all i'm capable of since i haven't slept in 2 days and am sick with an infection. my next entry will be from africa.
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