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Welcome from Umi Akhdadiyah- Local Director

Sugeng Rawuh! (*Sugeng Rawuh (Javanese, middle level language) means ‘welcome’)

Jogja has always been my hometown. I’m so excited to introduce the city that I love to all of you. Jogja is often referred to as a student city, since students from all over Indonesia come to live and be educated here. It’s also considered a cultural city and a destination for domestic tourism. It’s a very diverse city, and it’s my city.

You’re going to love the neighbourhood where our program house and homestays are based. I’ve always wanted to have a home in this area! We will be based in the old part of the city, a neighborhood called Kotagede (kota = city, gede = big). Jogja used to be the capital of the Mataram Kingdom. You will note that there are lots of tourists and visitors coming to Kotagede because of its interesting architecture, history, etc.

The community is so excited to have us roaming around the neighbourhood. Many of the community members are interested to hear and learn your language, and they also want to know about your lives back in your respective countries. Curiosity is in the air! I hope you will be happy to share with them your language, your food, your time, your kindness…

I’ve was living in another city in Indonesia for many years, but then three years ago I moved back to Jogja. I’ve been working for Dragons since August of 2015. For the past four years, I’ve also been working with Architecture students from Gadjah Mada University. I take them abroad every year and it’s so much fun. I really enjoy working with  students and I’m so looking forward to being your Local Director.

I’m so happy that I get the opportunity to work with you. I will be happy to share all of my happiness, my thoughts, my knowledge, my language, and my family with you… I’m very positive that we all will have fun together in the city, in the sea, in the mountains… everywhere!

Like Obama who loves bakso and nasi goreng, I’m sure you’re going to love it too. Enjoy every moment, taste every food, listen to every song, and don’t forget to bless every single day, because it’s a beautiful day, it’s a beautiful life.

Maturnuwun, Terima kasih (Thank you),

Umi
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Photo 2: Eel bakar, fresh grilled  eel at Sampela, Wakatobi, Sulawesi
Photo 3: Teras, old house in Kotagede, Jogja
Photo 4:  Kedungmiri, Rice field in Kedungmiri, Imogiri, Joga