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Time for something new; goodbye Jogja EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS - It has been three years this coming July that I left for Indonesia with a 'single trip' Singapore Airlines. You can not enter Indonesia officially when you only have a single trip indeed, but that was the feeling I had back them. Moving from the Netherlands to try and see whether I could spend three months in that country. Of course I assumed that everything would be fine, otherwise I would not just try it for.

Unfortunately not everything can be fine of course, but at a certain point you realize that it's fine like this and that you can spend a few years here as well. That is what I did and right from the start I was located in a real Javanese kampung in the northern part of Yogyakarta. In fact I was located outside the city limits, but telling that you are living in Depok is too difficult for many. And for those who live in Jogja, I lived in the area of Kentungan and Percetakan Kanisius.

For three years I was able to enjoy life in Jogja. Everything at it's time (including extensions of my visa) and outside that mainly enjoying my little life there. Regularly I visited friends (Indonesians but also fellow Dutchmen of which some already spent the last 15 years or longer here) to submerge myself a little bit in the everyday life of the nowadays Jogja.

You can't, is what you think, because I am Caucasian. That is right. You can't, but if you try just a little bit, not a single person will tell you that you are Caucasian, at least not right in your face, whatever their mind may think. And that is fine with me. Just going along with the rest and not to interfere too much with the problems that others seem to have. That is not my problem and it should stay that way.

Jogja changed drastically in the three years that I was able to spend in the city. The city has become crowded, even more crowded than it already was. Much more of those motor cycles and also brand new cars. All with kredit of course, but hey, it's an upcoming market in which you get these problems for free. Three years ago I only spent 20 minutes from north to south through the city, this has now become half an hour on average. That's a 50 per cent increase in commuting time.

That extra traveling time is no irritation, just like living in Jogja. I didn't pick up any irritations in this beloved Jogja. If I think about it I should stay here, but unfortunately conditions have changed and I 'have' to go, and have is between quotation marks, because I don't have to do anything. I want to go because I now think that I can have an - even - better life elsewhere. This can very well be a Fata Morgana, but then I will find out so I still have a chance to to back here after all.

As you can see this article has been written in Eindhoven, half a world away. That is something of an indication about how far from Jogja I will be in the nearby future. It is a complete different living environment because of differences in people and culture. Whether I will make it, I don't know yet, but that is exactly what I thought three years ago. If it doesn't work out, I will find myself a new place again.



Posted in General @ 30 May 2009 10:48 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





mashil
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Goodluck with your new adventure!
I hope to visit you new place some day. But I will focus on Yogya for now for some reasons Emoticon: Smile



Yerun
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I made it, more to write about on the blog I guess.. Emoticon: Yes!



inezintveld
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hi Yerun,

welcome (back ?) in Eindhoven,
hope you will succeed in whatever you want to do here.

greetings Emoticon: Shiny

Inez



oyibo
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Goodbye Yogya, welcome Jakarta!

It was nice to have a beer or 3 Emoticon: Blush
See you soon again ! Emoticon: Party!



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Thanks, the beers were nice inceed. Haha.. See you soon for sure.

Inez, I was in Eindhoven for about nine days, but since then I am back in Indonesia again, I only moved from Yogyakarta to Lippo Cikarang, which is near Bekasi.



oyibo
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I will be back in Jakarta around the 20th of june Emoticon: Party!
More beer Emoticon: Cooool



Yerun
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Just in time then, I already have something scheduled for the 20th in the morning.. Nothing special though, it's near the post office.. haha. Keep me informed then. Emoticon: Wink



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Yerun,
Hoe is de macet in Jakarta?





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(Edited) Posted @ 13 June 2009 19:41


On 13-06-2009 09:04 marcel70 wrote:

Hoe is de macet in Jakarta?


Less than Bekasi (Bekasi - Jkt v.v).

Daerah Bekasi , daerah macet Mas .



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Macet in Jakarta is as usual, but on Saturdays it is normally quite okay. I 'skip' Bekasi because I use the toll road to get to Jakarta and back and I don't travel during rush hours.



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