Right before I had left for my backpacking trip throughout Asia, I happened to meet an Indonesian woman named Susi at a Muslim-Jewish-Christian friendship gathering in the States. We hit it off right away, and she invited me to visit her when she returned home to Indonesia's capital city of Jakarta. She and her husband graciously hosted me during my stay there, and they even traveled with me to Yogyakarta afterwards. On my first full day in Indonesia, Susi took me to visit the biggest mosque (actually called a masjid) in Southeast Asia. It was huge and stunning!
I was surprised to see that right across the street from it was a Catholic cathedral. Susi told me that when either the church's or masjid's parking overflows, the other religious building allows people to park in their lot. It was so encouraging to witness people of different faiths living in peace right next to one another. What a good example to learn from!
We visited this plaza where many young people hangout, and ate a yummy snack of friend bananas with cheese.
At the end of my time in Indonesia, after several months on the islands of Java, Bali, and Sulawesi, I returned to Jakarta to visit some friends before heading back to the USA. We had fun walking around the city, eating good food, and swimming, and then my friends took me to the airport for a final farewell.
PC: Ulil Albab
PC: Aulia Syameni
I was so sad to say goodbye to these people and country that I have fallen so in love with. I definitely plan to return to Indonesia again!
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