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Flash Delirium

May 21, 2010

I didn`t know how I felt on May 13. It was a holiday so I didn`t have work and my host-family was away so I wasn`t sure what I would do or if I should do anything because I was leaving for another trip at 4 am the next day.

I ended up meeting some AIESECers and 2 exchange participants (EPs) from the Phillipines and India, to take a minibus to Badengan Beach in Jepara City. We were all really excited and I just listened to my friend tell me Javanese legends and ghost stories until I fell asleep.

There`s a semi-conscious period between being fast asleep and being wide awake when everything seems really surreal and when I woke up in Jepara I felt like I was still in a bit of a dream world. We stopped in front of a wooden gate that was 2 stories high and wide enough for two trucks. It opened up to a warehouse full of vehicles and intricately carved wooden furniture. From there, we walked up a cobblestone pathway past cascading levels of flowers and stopped on a wooden bridge to take pictures of this dreamland.

It was not a dream, it was an AIESECer`s home in Jepara but it seemed more like a palace with its spiraling staircase, stained glass windows , and hanging chandeliers. The city is famous for its high quality wood and furniture carving so everyone is fairly wealthy.

After lunch we left the palace and went to the Beach. I haven`t been in an ocean for 3 years so I was really excited to go swimming. I expected the water to be cold like it is in BC but all I felt was the warm pull of the waves, soft sand between my toes and salty water on my lips.

We wanted to stay forever but had to head back because one of the EPs had to be on a radio show that night.

When we were on our way back to Semarang I got this really weird feeling. It wasn`t the surreal feeling I had at the palace or the nice feeling of the ocean, this was a bad feeling, an ominous feeling. It was probably the focus on spirits from the Javanese culture that was rubbing off on me or maybe it was all those ghost stories from before but I suddenly felt like something bad had to happen after such a good day all because of this feeling.

We were halfway home and it was already dark, we were hungry but we didn`t have time to stop for food. Everyone was really quiet for the first time all day and then I heard a horrible sound. Eventually, the puttering noise stopped and with it so did our bus. Our engine was dead.

We all got out of the car except for the driver. They tried pushing again and rolled the bus forward a bit but that was it. We couldn`t do this all the way back to Semarang. One guy went to go look for help because no one else on the road would stop to help us. It was getting colder and started to rain a bit. I felt like I was in the middle of a horror-movie.

(to be continued…)

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. The Woman permalink
    May 22, 2010 4:49 pm

    Oh my! you really left a cliffhanger there!
    I hope everything worked out.
    well i t had to if you are living to tell the tail. ;)
    I love your updates. every time i read an entry, I feel like I’m in Indonesia with you.
    Miss you!
    xx

    • May 24, 2010 7:20 am

      Oh, but you are right here with me, every time I go to the washroom…let me elaborate.

      When I was in the Jakarta airport and went to the washroom the sign read “Toilet Wanita”. I was no mortified because Juanita and Wanita sound exactly the same and the thought of my name being associated with a toilet was mortifying. i thought that it was the indonesian translation of toilet and I was mortified by the thought of introducing myself as Juanita which is like saying “Hi, I’m toilet”.

      I quickly looked it up in the dictionary hoping that i was wrong. Thankfully, I was. Silly me, “Wanita” means “woman” in Bahasa Indonesian not toilet. So, I am officially “The Woman” in Indonesia.

      I guess “The Woman” is taking over from Canada to Indonesia. :)

      • The Woman permalink
        May 24, 2010 7:22 pm

        HAHAHA,
        that made my day!
        glad to know that the love for “The Woman” is spreading.

  2. IrishMan permalink
    May 22, 2010 9:40 pm

    Hey guess who this is! I was gonna e-mail you but I tought that this would be cooler. Anyways your pictures are stunning and I really like your blog. I also want to know what happened in the end in this post and when are you coming home again? (my little cousins are coming when they finish school and I need to learn how to swim better then them)

    • May 24, 2010 7:24 am

      Sorry for not replying sooner but this is definitely cooler. I had no idea you were commenting so it was a lovely surprise!

      Personally, i think my photos are really bad quality. Everything in Indonesia is just stunning and I have the ability to take pictures that make everything look worse. I should really have a disclaimer. I wish I was better at taking photos but everything is so beautiful that it almost makes up for my complete incompetency with a camera.

      I’ll be back on June 21st at 11:30 pm and we definitely do need to go swimming! I went swimming at Atlantis over the weekend. I’ll tell you more about that later.

  3. colinsutherland permalink
    May 25, 2010 11:40 am

    just like justin beiber…

  4. June 24, 2010 3:57 pm

    Yes, it looks great!

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