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Students in a long tail boat in Indonesia. Photo by Aaron Slosberg, Indonesia Semester.

Home Away From Home

I have been in Indonesia for just over a week and although many sights, sounds, and experiences have been new and different I have been repeatedly surprised by how many little things remind me of home.

For me the little triggers that spark a memory or a feeling of home have allowed me to find comfort in an at times overwhelming place. These triggers have been anything from the smell of fertilizer, the bleat of a goat, a meal of eggs and potatoes, to the song “Leaving on a Jet Plane” sung with a local band.

All of these moments have helped me to embrace the newness of Indonesia and feel that no matter where I go, what I do, or who I meet, I will always carry home and those that I truly and deeply love with me.

Here’s to you, family.

With love,

Anna.