Itinerary update… The Home Stretch!
by Sharon -- September 7, 2010
After spending over 3 weeks in Padang, Indonesia (on Sumatra, one of Indonesia’s 17,000 islands) we are now in the very international country of Singapore. It would be an understatement if I said that the transition has been drastic. We went from being in a city where we were about 2 out of a whopping 20 non-Muslim people (a gross, over-exaggerated estimate) to a city that has every type of ethnicity and food you can think of, skyscraper buildings, and a Formula 1 race track.
All I have to say is that it’s nice to fit in again. Even though the sun was so strong in Padang that it actually hurt my skin, and the humidity was so high that my skin became an adhesive for dirt and small insects, I only saw about 3 women wearing sleeveless shirts during our entire stay. Being the sun/heat hater that I am, I commonly wore sleeveless shirts, which didn’t exactly help me fit in, although neither did walking around with a white “bule” (pronounced “boo-lay” which means “foreigner”). One local child even shouted “YOU ARE SOOOOO WHITE!!!!” in his language as we walked by. It continues to make me laugh when I think about it.
We are in glorious Singapore for just a few days, until September 11th, when we fly to Guam after a very short layover in Manila, Philippines. In Guam we will be spending two amazing weeks in a vacation rental home that looks quite lovely in pictures, assuming that they are somewhat recent. The most exciting thing about our rental home is having our own washer and dryer. The days where we are charged $10 for a load of laundry are almost history…. so close!
After Guam, we have a pretty ridiculous flight back “home” on September 25th that includes layovers in Hawaii and San Francisco (how ironic- who wants to meet up at SFO for drinks?) on our way to Seattle. We will be spending over a week in Seattle helping to send my best friend into married life! What a perfect way to be greeted back to the mainland!
After Seattle, we plan on traveling down the West coast of our beautiful country. We will try to be back in San Francisco by October 9th for a series of parties hosted by our best friends- but perhaps some random city in Oregon will captivate our attention, forcing us to postpone our arrival date. Keeping form with the rest of this frolic around Asia, we will play it by ear.
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