I have been back in the States now for a few days, and I have really enjoyed reliving the memories of the trip, looking at photos, and telling stories to all my friends and family. I am very happy to say I have been in consistent communication with some of the friends I made in Indonesia, and it seems like we will actually spend significant time together during the school year.
I am really glad I went on this trip. It has provided me with great new friends, an updated world view, and a little more life experience that will certainly come in handy down the road. My favorite moments of the trip were the unplanned moments, as I think it usually goes for a lot of people. You can plan the most amazing sequence of events imaginable, but without wonderful people to share it with, it is never as memorable. All the travel days, and the in between moments, which could have been unbearable, were moments I thoroughly enjoyed and have many fond memories from.
Of all our scheduled events, watching the silvery gibbons was my favorite. They were very active and unusually close, so we had a great view from the forest floor. I still can’t get over the fluidity with which they moved through the trees. It was impressive; they were truly adapted to their environment. Besides that, I loved swimming in Seribu, in the the crystal clear ocean, among all the coral and reef fish. I am very grateful to Dr. Vogel, Rebecca Brittain and all of the UNAS faculty for the opportunity to go on this trip and it will be a trip that I will not soon forget.
Enjoy some photos of the goofy young people that we are! I am really grateful that I will now get to share my final year as an undergrad with all of these wonderful people.
Primates in Indonesia 2018