The village we have been staying in has been getting used to seeing us everyday, and these two boys follow us around everywhere when we bike, sit or walk. Most of the kids know our names now and only sometimes call us “buleh” (ex-pat). They are wonderful kids and always keep us laughing.
It’s pretty incredible to be able to share a laugh with someone who doesn’t speak your language.
Also, we went on a big adventure today. This has been a trip for the books, and we seem to be meeting all the right people. We got to interview the chief of reconstruction of Aceh and hopefully have a meeting with the mayor on Monday.
We also visited the Tsunami & Disaster Mitigation Research Center. We met a few members of the Professional Services Division and got shown a special presentation of the past, present and future of their center. It is absolutely incredible how much they have accomplished, and with the help of a global community. With their push for education in communities around Indonesia, they are saving hundreds of lives and making information easily available for a wide number of people.
We are so grateful for all of the support we have been receiving for this project-in the USA and here in Aceh.
We have been talking about where to start when we give presentations when we return. There is so much to tell, and if you didn’t put a time limit on it, we could talk for hours about all the information we are processing.
The next 3 days are booked with meetings, travel, interviews and of course, photographs.
Enjoy this photo of Chris and the amigos.