Ending a chapter to begin a new one.

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Celebrating with coworkers from the Virginian Pilot in March 2013 before leaving to Indonesia.

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Saying, “goodbye” to Sparticus (I had to euthanize him a few weeks before I left the USA because he was suffering).

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My sister and my father took me to Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C. to leave for my new adventure.

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Seeing Indonesia for the first time by plane. It was love at first sight.

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Indonesian security guards 😀

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A beautiful Indonesian sunset in the city.

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Seeing a McD’s delivery driver for the first time. He was gracious and posed for a picture.

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Trying nasi lemak for the first time in Karawaci, Indonesia.

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VIsiting Prambanan Temple in Jogja, Indonesia.

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Falling in love with Bogor, Indonesia.

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Posing for a picture on Tidung Island, Indonesia.

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In admiration of Maluku.

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Celebrating my 31st birthday.

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Enjoying time with friends.

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Adopting a new sister.

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Trying to stop time.

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Enjoying a beer with my new friends from Australia.

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A page from my self-worth book, “A Boy’s Guide to Becoming a Gentleman”.

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A page from my new self-worth book, “All the Beautiful Girls”.

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Enjoying coconut juice on the island of Bali while celebrating my 32nd birthday.

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Enjoying a waterfall in Bogor, Indonesia.

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Experiencing Indonesian food with coworkers at a goodbye party.

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Tasting Indonesian cuisine on Tidung Island, Indonesia.

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Making new friends!

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Begrudgingly singing karaoke.

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Beginning a new dietary lifestyle.

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Saying goodbye to coworkers in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Saying goodbye to Mbak Fitri,

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Saying goodbye to a good friend.

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Saying goodbye to more good friends!

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Enjoying the flowers on a long walk before my trip back to the USA.

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Receiving gifts before leaving the country.

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Reminiscing about the day I fell in love with Indonesia.

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Virginia, USA

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Washington, D.C.

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Little Valentina!

I continue to struggle to try to find the right words for what I have been through the past 2 years and 3 months exploring a different country and culture. However, I can say that what I have experienced is irreplaceable and my life has been changed for the better.  I have undergone a series of tumultuous ups and downs during my journey in Indonesia that have resulted in a deep change that has penetrated the core of me.

I currently reside in Chesapeake, VA, laying low until my next adventure begins in August. During my stay in Chesapeake, I plan on doing some self-reflection and soaking in the love of friends and family.

2 thoughts on “Ending a chapter to begin a new one.

  1. Good luck and I hope all goes well in your new adventure. Stay safe.

    Please keep in touch

    Kaz xx

    Sent from Windows Mail

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