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“It is perfectly natural for the future woman to feel indignant at the limitations posed upon her by her sex. The real question is not why she should reject them: the problem is rather to understand why she accepts them.” – Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex.

When I hear the word contract I cringe a little… it sounds a bit like commitment and I’m not very good at that. But if we consider that there are two basic fundamental emotional needs in life – security (yawn) and adventure (yes please!) – “contract” definitely covers one of those, especially if “long-term” is a predicate to it.

When I tell the people I meet travelling that I live and work in Indonesia I usually get “wow, that’s so cool… where, in Bali?” which I reply to with a laugh. It’s a pretty good gig but it’s not that good. I’m in East Java in the fairly large city of Surabaya. This is the city from which the Air Asia flight travelling to Singapore left, the plane that went down after several days missing.

This is a 2-part blog introduced with, in true kindergarten teacher style, a short story...


The penguin was grumpy and tired. She didn’t like the cold. She didn’t like her work. She wanted to see something different. She wanted to see something special.

I thought only in the twilight zone would something like the following occur: a house is on fire. You call the fire department. They come. They stand with their hoses slack, looking at the fire. They name a price and the negotiation begins. An agreement is reached and the water flows. I suppose there is comfort in knowing that the fire department will come if you call.

I need to reintroduce my blog with an explanation about how I ended up here in Surabaya, Indonesia. Late last year I completely unravelled. I parted ways with my husband and then set off to hike the Himalayas and meditate in India. Upon leaving Calcutta I ended up in Spain by default, my still-favourite place in the world.


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