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 the hardest things I’ve had to do. It was actually not only mentally painful but physically as well.
After 3 months filled with incredible experiences, delicious food, beautiful people, culture and tropical weather and then topped off with 2 weeks on the beach in Bali it was very difficult to give that up and return to a routine we had already grown disenchanted with.
The last time we had been in Indonesia was in 2005 and we had spent 2 months there. The time went by quickly and we never really felt like we connected with the community. This time it was different.
This time we made lots of connections, we created a lifestyle we thoroughly enjoyed and one that we didn’t want to end. What a difference 1 month can make in your mindset.
It’s been a tough transition since returning. For one we had quite the battle with jet lag. We were up all night and slept all day. We’re now mostly back into a more normal sleep schedule but for 2 weeks there is was very difficult.
We have sticker shock at the markets. While in Indonesia we were able to buy all the tropical fruit right on the street for pennies on the dollar. Many of the fruits we enjoyed are not even available here.
We frequented traditional markets where you can negotiate the prices. Apparently Safeway is not into price negotiation; instead you can get a club card.
I’m constantly comparing pricing on everything to what it would be in rupiah and lamenting about how I could buy a kilo of mango for what 1 cost here. Of course while in Indonesia I compared prices with dollars with the big difference I was much happier with the price in rupiah.
It’s been reverse culture shock. I’ve lost count the number of times I’ve wanted to drive on the left side of the road.
Back to Work
I returned to the cubicle after being away for 3 months. As you know it was a rough journey out of the cubicle that led into this sabbatical. But we persevered and made it happen.
I am not the same person I was when I left the cube and I’m worried that over time I will slip back into complacency rather than pursuing my dreams. We don’t want that. We need to strike while the iron is hot; while the sweet memories of this sabbatical are still fresh in our minds.
So you might be wondering, now that the sabbatical is over, what are the next steps? What is the future of 1 Year Sabbatical?
I don’t know where this journey will lead. We have some new plans but I’m not ready to divulge them publicly just yet. Rest assured however that they are much bigger and more inspiring than a 3 month sabbatical.
In the meantime, as our journey continues to evolve I will be posting more stories and images from our sabbatical. These are stories I wanted to post while in Indonesia but they had to wait because we knew that making experiences had to take priority over updating this blog.
So if you’ve been craving more from this site we will be filling your plate with much more. I have 42 posts sitting in my drafts folder right now with stories about flying foxes, crazy food and even getting robbed! So be prepared to laugh, cry, snort and maybe even soil your undies.
Dream, Save, Do
Dream, Save, Do is the book by my friends Betsy and Warren Talbot that we used when planning our sabbatical.
I’ve written about it before but I want to mention it again because it’s an incredibly useful tool when planning your own dreams AND it’s been updated and released in its second edition on Amazon.
So if you want a guide that will help you create a personal action plan for making your own dreams a reality then go buy yourself a copy today. It’s a small investment on what could be the changing point in your life.