:: where i've been ::

It's been two weeks now. Exactly. I took this picture two Saturdays ago, the first of 14 days spent almost entirely in that little clearing in the rainforest. Today I am back in the city.

So today has been a little hard to process. This morning, jungle and dirt and people who grow the food they eat. Tonight, a mall with a coffee shop advertising its wireless internet, and people who all know the benefits of "teknologi." A well-groomed Chinese man is sitting directly in front of me, smoking a clove cigarette and talking on his cell phone... via a bluetooth earpiece. A fragrance shop across the way is advertising its new line using a picture of a nearly naked woman (are you ok with that now, Indonesia?). It just feels like someone traded my quiet childhood in for a new and improved version.

But I smiled when I went into the restroom in this shiny new mall because every stall is a squat pot. I guess some things haven't changed.


Anonymous Erin said...

I miss you Mandy! Have fun my friend! You are in my prayers.

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Tina said...

I hope you had a great time with your family. I hope to read more of your perspectives soon. Take care. PS... Hope you don't mind, I put your picture on an Alumni Header.

9:44 AM  

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