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So I was in my first ever earthquake the other day when I was at the Jakarta airport checking in for my flight to Semarang.  The epicenter was off the southern coast of Java, about 200 km south of Jakarta, so we only felt a couple small tremors in the capital.  In fact, I had a bit of a delayed reaction because the slight swaying I felt was just like being on a cruise ship!  It took me a moment to realize this was not a normal sensation on land.  Then I put two and two together and determined I was actually in an earthquake.  Very exciting!  Of course, I can say it was exciting (rather than scary) because it was so minor and there was no damage in my area.  Unfortunately, people in the southern part of Java cannot say the same.

In other news, I am starting to acclimate to my new home in Semarang. There were a few mishaps on the first day, including no electricity and no water.  The electricity problem was totally my fault as I jostled an electrical outlet and blew a fuse.  Once my hosts returned and showed me the circuit breaker it was easy to turn the electricity back on.  The water problem was more complicated.  I had water my first night in the apartment, but awoke in the morning to find all the faucets dried up.  It took my hosts and I all day to figure out that the condo owner must have turned off the water pump since my apartment was unoccupied for the past month, and on my first night I had used up what little water remained in the holding tank.  We finally discovered how to turn the water back on and when I left my apartment the pump was vigorously refilling the water tank, which should ultimately work its way back into my faucets.  But in the mean time my hosts and I decided it would be best if I stayed in a hotel for a couple nights while they work on confirming the water is properly working.  They also hired someone to clean my apartment since the previous occupants hadn’t cleaned it when they moved out.

Here’s a photo of me with my host, Dwi.  070 She’s assigned to be my “counterpart” in this program, basically my main point of contact in the English Department to help me navigate the program, the department, the town, and the culture.  She (and her husband) have been unbelievably helpful so far.  I would be completely lost without their help!

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