The Day We Were Robbed in Indonesia

by Matt | 1 Year Sabbatical on May 13, 2013

This is the longest post I’ve ever written (over 2500 words) and is a story of both our most exciting and worst day during our sabbatical in Indonesia.

You hear stories of tourists or foreigners getting robbed but you never think it will happen to you.  I’m too careful, you think.  I don’t frequent areas where robberies occur, you believe.  But the truth is you can get robbed anywhere whether you travel or you stay home.

Any Other Sunday

The day started the same as any other day.  It was our last Sunday in Indonesia before ending our sabbatical and flying back to the United States.

We got up a bit late and were rushing around to make Church service on time.  We had been attending the local neighborhood Church in Kopo Permai where my wife had taught Sunday school many years ago.

My in-laws had already left for the Church that they attend so we were left to lockup the house.  We locked our bedroom and then headed out the front door, locking the door and security gate behind us.  Then I spent 5 minutes wrestling with the front gate lock before it finally submitted to my will.

My wife and kids were already a block away so I ran to catch up with them.

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Ciater Hot Springs – Ciater Indonesia

by Matt | 1 Year Sabbatical on April 2, 2013

One morning after breakfast my wife says;

“Want to go soak in some hot springs?”

I was sweating profusely and answered;

“Are you crazy?  It’s freakin’ hot out, why would I want to soak in scalding hot water?”

Of course we went anyway and of course my wife was right, it was an incredible experience, especially for the kids.

Waterfalls and streams of steaming hot water to play and soak in.

It took us a little over an hour to get to Ciater from Bandung.  Our route went like this:

Kopo Permai -> Jalan Tol Pasteur -> Jalan Sukajadi -> Jalan Doktor Setiabudi -> Jalan Raya Lembang -> Jalan Tangkuban Perahu -> Jalan Raya Ciater.

The drive is very beautiful as you wind your way through the volcanic mountains surrounding Bandung and through the often foggy and misty tea plantations growing along the slopes of Tangkuban Perahu an active volcano.

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Christmas with the Village People

March 3, 2013

Not the village people you were probably thinking of.  While on sabbatical in another country one of the best things you can do is get out there and meet people.  Lots of people! We had a unique opportunity to meet some villagers from an area near Bandung called Cimahi.  The event was sponsored by our […]

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Coming Home After a 3 Month Sabbatical

February 21, 2013

We have been back “home” now for a little over 2 weeks.  The return flights were good and on one leg we even had a free upgrade into business class.  Score!! This leg of the sabbatical has come to an end and the transition to the next leg has begun. Leaving Indonesia was one of […]

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Sabbatical Update

January 21, 2013

It’s been quite some time now since I have posted an update.  You may have thought that the sabbatical was long done and finished.  But no, we are now in Bali and have been for about a week now. So why no updates? While this site has always been about documenting our sabbatical from start […]

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Don’t Wait, Until It’s Too Late

December 22, 2012

Seven years ago today my Grandma, Mary Koenig, passed away at the age of 97.  She was born Sept. 14, 1908, in Kewaunee, Wisconsin. She attended Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago. She worked as a registered nurse at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital, Wheaton College infirmary and for the American Red Cross. There are […]

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1 Month Sabbatical Financial Report

December 17, 2012

We have now been on sabbatical in Indonesia for 1 month.  It’s been an incredible time so far and we’ve experienced so much already and we still have 2 months of our sabbatical remaining. One of the biggest obstacles to undertaking a sabbatical are finances so we wanted to check in and show what our […]

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Tragedy & Change

December 15, 2012

I woke this morning in Indonesia to learn of the tragic school shooting in Connecticut where 28 people were killed, 20 of them being children.  My first reaction was disbelief although I don’t know why.  Just a week ago was a tragic shooting at a mall in my home state of Oregon. There was the […]

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Kampung Gajah Wonderland

December 9, 2012

The other day we took a drive to Kampung Gajah where we spent time with the kids doing different activities at this amusement park.  These are the fun things we like to do while on sabbatical. Since it was during the week tickets were RP150.000 per person or about $15.  On the weekends the price […]

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December 2, 2012

Food.  We all need it.  Back home food was generally something we ate three squares a day.  Here in Indonesia on our sabbatical food has been an experience. We’ve been eating very well since arriving, trying new things and just experiencing the whole food culture. I was first introduced to martabak back in 2001 during […]

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