S and I were having a brief conversation last night about how living in Indonesia doesn’t really feel all that different than living in Canada. I mean, yes, in many ways it is obviously drastically different (no winter, lots of garbage, different culture, can’t drink the water, the meat sucks, things that are cheap are really cheap and things that are expensive are really expensive, garbage, etc…), but one of the interesting things about living here in Indonesia is that both S and I feel completely the same as we did in Ottawa: it’s not as though living here has changed us in any profound way. I think we chalked it up to the both of us perhaps being more flexible and amenable to our surroundings: we’re fairly easy going, and can adapt well. We don’t necessarily need routines to define us, and we were pretty OK with leaving our comfort zones for this adventure. That, and we’ve become a bit desensitized to some of the radical differences between Canada and Indonesia (the phenomenal wealth imbalance, the complete and utter lack of even the simplest forms of infrastructure of any kind, and so on).
So where is this all going? Well, I wanted to set up the fact that there are some differences out there that are just downright hilarious. More specifically, merchandise!
I’ll probably post another set of pics like these when I have enough of them to make a blog post to dump them all in. Have a good Sunday!