Well, here we are in Indonesia. Finally.
Getting here was an adventure. We arrived a month late, after endless rounds of phone calls, paperwork, and wondering if the proper documents would ever be approved.
In order for us to travel to Indonesia, I needed to obtain two documents in particular – one granting approval for my research, the other for my teaching. My Fulbright is a hybrid – five months conducting research on Alfred Russel Wallace, a British naturalist who spent 8 years here in the mid-1800s, and five months teaching at Universitas Padjadjaran in Bandung. So I can’t stay here on just one visa, like tourists or other folks. I needed to go through twice the paperwork. And basically, that’s what slowed things up. So we arrived a month late.
But now we’re here, the blog is set up, and I hope to start posting comments with some regularity now. So check back periodically for more.
(And by the way, don’t the kids look great in their Batik outfits? We were invited to a wedding, and were told that proper dress involves wearing batik – so we did)