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By the way ... Finding home in Indonesia

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 27 2016   /  08:01 am

As I was flying from Beijing to Bali on July 3, it dawned on me that it had been one year, nearly to the day, since I had last set foot in Indonesia. In some ways I couldn’t believe it had been so long. But in other ways it felt like I had never left. Even though I hail from the US, it felt like I was coming home.

There is something about Indonesia that keeps drawing me back, both as an expat and as a traveler. I first came here on a two-month backpacking journey in 2013. I moved here as an expat in 2014. And at the end of June 2016 I made the snap decision to take a break from my new life in China to spend the summer in Indonesia.

It wasn’t until I spotted some of the archipelago’s turquoise-ringed islets from the plane that I realized how vividly I could picture my long-awaited reunion with Indonesia. I could feel the muggy heat cling to my body as I walked off th...