It's been a while. This author is now living temporarily in Bali, Indonesia. No, not the holiday parts, but the bits where people actually live and work and go about their day to day business. Although I have been an expat a few times in my life now, it has been difficult to adjust my own expectations to that particular truth. The truth being, that when you live and work in a country, rather than visiting it for a holiday, there's an awful lot of difficult and frustrating and humdrum business to get used to. The Settling In. The Finding Where Everything You Like And Need Is. The Culture Shock. Etc. Yes, I forgot how tedious it is to get settled in to a new job and new home.
Nonetheless, as I write this, there is a pregnant gecko on my bedroom wall and the bristling chirrup-notes of crickets outside, rather than the static of weary cars and a lack of geckoes, so I suppose, really one should not imbalance time in favour for complaining too much.
So hey ho, let's go!