We are two Americans who started out our married life in Ecuador. Less than a year later, we moved to Indonesia. This blog is just about what it’s like.
We wanted a way for friends and family to keep up with our life far from home, in a more user-friendly way than blitzing people’s e-mail inboxes with photos and tidbits every week. Also, it enables us to describe some of the ups and downs of life abroad to people who haven’t been there (yet).
The story so far: We lived in Ecuador while Katherine was working at the UN World Food Programme. Bruno moved there after our wedding, got a visa and a job, and we had many adventures. That was Chapter 1. In 2013, Bruno was offered a job with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Indonesia. Now it’s Katherine’s turn to search for jobs. And we’re both exploring a whole new land together, again. So, welcome to Chapter 2!
Yes, we are aware that we are treading clichéd ground — (“Two Americans blog about their experiences in a foreign country! Omg!”) — but it won’t be like that, we promise.
So, here it is. Enjoy.
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While I only recently started following your blogs – have been enjoying immensely! And while I’m sure you have a whole stack of ‘blogger awards’ just lying around… just wanted to say ‘keep sharing! We’re readying & appreciating!’
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Hey Katherine & Bruno,
Hope you’re well and apologies to disturb you with this email, but did anyone already got in touch with you regarding the TV show HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL?
We’re currently casting people who move abroad and have a bit of a story to tell and coming across your blog, I thought of you.
Would love to chat with you about your moving to Indonesia experience.
I am a stay at home mom of 6. I am interested in learning more about Jakarta as my husband and I are thinking about a move there. He is looking at teaching jobs. my email is firstname.lastname@example.org I would love to learn more and see what you think about the country and the feasibility of a move for a family as large as ours.
I am master student in Sustainable Emergency Architecture at Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, in Barcelona – Spain.
My thesis top is about Resilience through public spaces, “transforming vulnerability into opportunity”, and I took Jakarta and Rotterdam as case studies for my thesis. I stumbled into your blog while i was searching for information about Jakarta and how they adapt to flood.
I read in your blog that you lived in Jakarta, and I was wondering if you can help me with some information concerning how do inhabitants of Jakarta identify public space, what is public space for them, for example where do people meet: in streets, coffee shops, square? and how do they relate to it?
– How do they react to void – empty spaces? Do they utilize void for their own benefit?
Also if you know how do locals adapts to floods, if they have personal adaptation mechanism?
If you have any information about that, I would appreciate your help.