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Sarah Lawrence College

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Fall 2011

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Indonesia: Arts, Religion, and Social Change


The lights from the buildings in Singapore create a landscape of flickering stars on the balcony of my hotel room. I’ve been trying all night to disassociate the calendar date with the real time that I’m living but it’s hard not to think back to a year ago in my life. In less than seven hours I will be waking again to the sound of a piercing alarm. Bali is my next destination- a place that I will attempt to call home for the next three and a half months. I try to forget- an evening spent by myself reminiscing on a place that I used to visit once a year to see my father. Hours ago, on the streets of Singapore, I searched for Chili Crab and Tiger Beer to distract myself, to force myself to think forwards instead of backwards. Hunger has always been a misplaced emotion for me- an unsatisfying desire to fill the absence of human touch. The stream of traffic below whistles through the open balcony doors. It’s August 31st and without wanting to, I remember it all.


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