It is 4.30am on Monday morning here in Jakarta, and the combination of the sound of the mosque across the road and it’s blaring loudspeakers, coupled with our Buddhist neighbours loud chanting and clashing of bells on the other side of our bedroom wall, has driven me from my bed and forced me to start my day somewhat earlier than I should have liked. As I put the kettle on, I did a bit of chanting myself but it was rather unchristian so I decided to shut up and embrace the wonderful diversity of the place that I am living in and to try to love my neighbours as myself.
On reflection now that I’ve calmed down, it’s probably not such a bad thing that I’ve had to get up so early as I have loads to do today. This evening Irishman and I leave Jakarta for Hawaii where we will be staying for 6 days. My clever and talented Irishman has co- written a paper that is going to be presented at The AIGA, (Professional Association for Design, Design Educators Conference) in Honolulu and shall be presenting the paper titled ‘Transformational Design, Art and Media Education in the Asian Century’ as one of the first speakers.
After our little adventure in a police cell in Dubai airport 6 weeks ago, I’m slightly nervous about our 8 hour transit in Manilla Airport beforehand so I’m hoping that we can go and explore Clark for a few hours and try not get into any sort of trouble before we arrive in Hawaii.
When the conference in Hawaii has ended, we fly off eastwards to LA where we will pick up our rental car and drive the 3hours to Joshua Tree for 3 nights. It is here that the wonders of the world of blogging and the ‘intraweb’ really will come to life as I shall be meeting up for the first time with a lady whom I’ve met through Triberr, an American blogging community that we both belong to. I’ve already put a link to Intricate Knot’s site on my ‘Happy Birthday Blog’ post, but here it is again if you haven’t already seen it – her stories and her imagination are wonderful and she does great drawings. To say that I am excited to meet her is an understatement.
Finally on the 20th December we fly to London for Christmas! 10 glorious days to be spent with our children, family and friends before the long trek back to Jakarta on January 1st 2013.
It’s probably a very good thing that cartography is not my trade because this map that I’ve drawn, is very out of perspective but, if I’ve done my maths well and added up all the miles and distances correctly, by my reckoning this means that in the next 3 weeks, Irishman and I will have travelled right around the world. That’s quite a long way and quite a few adventures to be had. I’ll keep you posted!