My move to Indonesia for the job in Jakarta that I mentioned in my last post Risk Disguised as Luck came at a perfect time. The three-month job contract coincided exactly with the new three-month term at school. I took a leave of absence from my doctoral program in psychology for one term.

I was determined that the temporary move to Indonesia would get this bug out of my system. Then I could return to my psych program for the very next term and continue on my way to becoming a clinical psychologist!

Have you read the previous post yet - Risk Disguised as Luck?

Obviously, you already know that those plans changed. But at least I

Author: Kate Benzin

Hi, I'm Kate! I believe in trusting my own intuition and common sense. I don't wait for luck to come calling at my door. Instead, I take a risk when my gut tells me that it's the right thing to do. That's how I ended up in Indonesia with 2 Dalmatians and 5 whippets - I took the right risk and found a place where I truly felt at home. Come along on my expat journey here at ExpatMojo where I'll share with you the good times and the bad times.

8 Replies to “My Move to Indonesia

    1. There is very little random violence in Indonesia. Of course, I’m speaking from an American perspective. And I haven’t studied statistics or whatever, but I’d venture to say that the majority of violence that takes place in Indonesia is personal – spouses cheating on each other, etc. Lorena Bobbitt didn’t invent the punishment she chose for her cheating spouse. They’ve been doing that to cheating husbands here for a long time.

      Suffice it to say that there is no part of Jakarta where I’d ever feel fearful. And I’m sorry to say that I can’t say that for my home town of Chicago.

    1. Thanks, Helen. Writing about pivotal points in my life is a process I recommend to others who like to write. It’s really exciting to go back and reflect on how prior decisions/actions affected my current situation.

  1. You’re a lot braver than I am Kate! I don’t think I could have picked up and moved like you did, even nowadays with the Internet. Your story is fascinating and I’m looking forward to reading more.

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