Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Farewell, Indonesia

After four fascinating months in Indonesia, we returned to the United States on August 15. For the moment, we're still overcoming jet lag from the 22-hour flight and preparing for busy weeks ahead at the Journalism School and Political Science Department in Berkeley.

In the meantime, we wanted to wish Indonesia a belated happy birthday. The country celebrated its 64th anniversary of its independence on August 17. All of Jakarta was decked out in the national colors for the big occasion (above). We also found an honor guard at our hotel room the night before our departure (below).

Thanks to everyone who wrote to us during our four months in Indonesia -- your messages helped us through the difficult times. It was a remarkable experience and we'll post some pictures in the next week or two.

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