- 46,549 hits
Hovering Over A Squatter - My Life In Indonesia
Hello, I'm Lottie
When I was young, I couldn't make up my mind whether I wanted to be a nun or a ballet dancer. Around the age of 12 I developed large bosoms and a hefty backside which put paid to the ballet dancer dream. No one wants to see a fat girl in a tutu. The fact that I couldn't dance was by the by. My other dream, that of being a nun, was shattered the day that I sat next to one on a train. She was the grumpiest soul that I have ever met. My fantasy of a life spent doing good deeds, lost in prayer and contemplation flew straight out of the train window and I have never looked back. In hindsight it was a blessing in disguise.
It was clearly time for a radical re-think. I've done many things over the years, and had many different jobs, but my greatest and happiest acheivement is being the mother of 5 children. I am enormously proud of them, and my step-daughter Izzy who came into my life, along with her father 4 years ago.
Two ago I turned my life upside down and moved to Indonesia. The first six months of my sojourn in Jakarta were spent hovering over a squat toilet. An unfortunate side effect of my delicate Anglo/Dutch constitution getting to grips with new food, humid tropical climate, and the myriad alien pathogens of my new environment.
Happily my bowels are now better able to deal with Nasi Goreng and hot sambals which means I can venture out farther and for longer periods of time without having to rush to the nearest squatter - I still take a pair of bicycle clips and a load of tissues with me just in case..
I'm never happier than when I'm working on projects with Pete. Photography, painting and making short films are some of the things that we love doing together. We make a pretty good team.
I'd be lost without Skype, it's the umbilical that keeps me connected with my family and friends back in London but I'm loving life here and am making the most of my time in Indonesia. Travelling around the archipelago, having adventures and getting into, and out of scrapes is all part of the fun. Life is certainly never dull here.
I started to write a blog shortly after we arrived and now also write for expat websites and magazines. I've made up my mind that when I'm grown-up, I want to be a nomad.