Belajar Berumah Tangga dari Negeri Seberang

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First of all, pardon my language karena sudah lama sekali tidak menulis dalam bahasa Indonesia. Tulisan ini akan menggunakan bahasa yang lebih santai dan tidak formal, anggap saja seperti saya berbicara.

Anyway, sebenarnya hanya ingin sharing sih tenang rumah tangga. Walaupun saya adalah newbie di ranah ini, tapi boleh lah yaa sekedar curcol-curcol dan menyampaikan opini. Jadi, 3 bulan terakhir ini adalah periode terpanjang saya dan suami hidup bersama.

Walaupun sudah lebih dari 1 tahun menikah, kami awalnya hidup terpisah dan mengalami LDM – Long Distance Marriage. Well, setiap kondisi hidup memiliki ujiannya masing-masing, kan? We’ve succeeded going through that phase. Lalu kami harus berpindah ribuan kilometer jauhnya dari ‘rumah’ kami. A fresh start for us to build a new life. Disini, di tanah rantau di negeri orang ini, kami mulai benar-benar berumah tangga.

Beberapa tahun lalu, saya adalah pengamat. Saya tinggal di negara asing dan mengamati keluarga-keluarga Indonesia, yang boleh dibilang anti-mainstream. Kenapa? Karena kehidupan berumah tangga disini, walaupun dari sisi pengamat, memang berbeda dengan apa yang dianggap ‘normal’ di Indonesia. Yang jelas, hasil pengamatan saya saat itu membuat saya kagum. Di keluarga pelajar Indonesia, saya tidak melihat ada perilaku klise ‘ayah bekerja dan ibu memasak’. Yang ada, ‘ayah dan ibu bekerja dan keduanya juga memasak bersama’ dan karena salah satu atau salah dua dari ayah dan ibu adalah pelajar, maka mereka juga belajar. Sebagai contoh, sebuah keluarga yang cukup dekat dengan saya menunjukkan bagaimana pasangan suami istri dapat bekerja sama dengan baik. Sang suami setiap hari ke kampus untuk belajar, meninggalkan istrinya yang harus mengantar anak dan kemudian bekerja paruh waktu. Siangnya, si istri yang sudah selesai bekerja harus menjemput anak. Apabila si istri bekerja lebih lama, maka suami harus menggantikan tugas menjemput anak. Lalu sorenya si istri – dan suami kalau sudah ada di rumah – memasak bersama sambil mengobrol. Kemudian mungkin malamnya mereka harus membersihkan rumah atau memasak pesanan makanan. Melihat kondisi ini, saya kagum karena kerja sama antara suami dan istri ini seperti well-oiled machine. Keduanya bekerja, keduanya berusaha tanpa mengesampingkan kewajiban dasar sebagai suami dan istri.

Dari hanya berperan sebagai pengamat, sekarang saya mengalaminya sendiri. Saya dan suami hidup berdua di negara yang jauh. Now, we call this place home. Karena kami baru berdua saja, semua memang lebih mudah, tidak se-hectic gambaran diatas. Tapi tetap saja hidup disini berbeda dengan di Indonesia. Tidak ada ‘mbak’ atau ‘bibi’ yang membantu, tidak ada juga warteg yang meringankan beban memasak. Semua harus dikerjakan sendiri. Disini, suami saya banyak menghabiskan waktu untuk belajar di kampus dan berorganisasi (iya, suami saya aktivis – nggak bisa diam maksudnyaa). Saya? Saya banyak berkegiatan dengan ibu-ibu warga Indonesia yang bermukim disini sambil melakukan usaha kecil-kecilan yang menghasilkan tambahan uang jajan. Kondisi ini membuat saya dan suami harus pintar-pintar membagi waktu dan pekerjaan sehingga hidup kami lancar. Kadang-kadang suami harus rela jajan diluar ketika saya terlambat bangun dan tidak sempat menyiapkan bekal. Kadang-kadang juga saya harus bangun hingga larut malam menunggu suami pulang dari rapat organisasinya. Untungnya, kami memahami posisi masing-masing dan menghargai pasangan kami sebagai individu. Saya tidak harus diam di rumah menunggu suami saya pulang karena kata suami saya ‘Kalau kamu dirumah terus dan nggak bersosialisasi, kamu nggak akan jadi diri kamu sendiri dan nggak akan jadi diri kamu yang aku suka’. Beberapa kali saya membantu suami saya belajar dan kemarin, saat banyak pekerjaan menumpuk, suami saya menyuapi saya saat bekerja. Mungkin kami memang belum di tahap well-oiled machine, but we’re getting there.

Seringkali saya berdiskusi dengan suami. Mungkin kalau tidak tinggal disini, kami tidak akan seperti ini ya? Mungkin saya tidak akan belajar macam-macam resep masakan. Mungkin suami saya tidak akan pernah bisa memasak. Mungkin kami tidak akan berlatih tentang kerja sama. Kondisi saat ini tentu jauh dibandingkan dengan keinginan kami sebelum menikah. Suami saya ingin istri yang tinggal di rumah dan mengurus anak-anak. Kerja dan kegiatan lain diperbolehkan asal hanya menghabiskan sedikit saja waktu di luar rumah. Suami saya akan bekerja, pergi pagi pulang malam. Kenyataannyaa? Jauh ya dari mimpi kami.

Tapi dengan begini kami belajar bahwa idealisme akan kalah dengan realita. How to cope with the reality is what important. Kami belajar bahwa intinya dalam berumah tangga kami harus bekerja sama dan saling mendukung. Masih ada beberapa bulan lagi untuk melatih kebiasaan baik tersebut dan semoga sampai di Indonesia nanti kami masih akan terus menerapkannya!

Dec 09, 2015

Crossing Path

We cross path with people we meet during our life. I crossed path with my husband when we were still in elementary school. We were just acquaintance until we became friend years later, when we were in junior high school. We walked the same path but then we moved to different directions. I was here, he was there. I am sure that we were in a very opposite side of the world. I may not be his type; he was definitely not my type.

Then, we crossed path again. We communicated with each other and found the similarities between us. Funny how people can feel very close even when they are so far away, right? It was indeed funny how we could connect although we spent years apart. After that we met again, and again and again.

Now here we are, walking on the same path; hopefully not for a short crossing path, but forever and ever.

Photo Credit: https://www.instagram.com/ryantoanugroho/

Nov 19, 2015

Ngebadut

The word above means ‘being a clown’. This is not about being a clown in literal meaning. This is being something that you do with all your heart.

Today I saw a post of my friends saying that she is now in a rural area doing her job as a researcher – I assume because she is collecting data and interviewing. However she cannot help herself not to ‘ngebadut’, her term of saying that she is teaching. It may not really teaching in a classroom, but giving instruction to a classroom. Yeah, it still counts as teaching, right?

After reading that, I remembered my aunt once said that it is difficult to find a teacher. There are many people with good qualification and experience, but finding one with the ‘heart’ to teach is difficult. I agree with that. I agree that for some people, they cannot resist themselves to not ‘ngebadut’ because that’s what their heart always tell them.

Maybe I kind of miss it. I kind of miss having that kind of interaction with students. It is not a job, it is not just something to do to have fun or to have money. It is something that needs to be done with the heart. Maybe that’s the reason that a simple cute message from my students can make me smile, because it touched my heart.

Oct 14, 2015

Living as a Muslim in Birmingham

Okay, I admit that the title is a bit overgeneralizing but I just want to share my experience so far, living here as a Muslim in Birmingham. Having had the experience of living in Hull where I must say that I even went to the mosque during Ramadhan far more frequently than when I was back home, I start to compare my life here and there.

It was quite a small community we had in Hull and I felt like I had a family there – people with the same religion and living the same way of life. The mosque was very comfortable, there were lots of activities, and it was full during the Ramadhan. Obviously I haven’t experienced Ramadhan in Birmingham but I hope it is better!

Now in Birmingham, there are many Muslims. Based on the Census on 2011, the Muslims were 21.8% of the total population in Birmingham (http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/cs/Satellite?c=Page&childpagename=Planning-and-Regeneration%2FPageLayout&cid=1223096353923&pagename=BCC%2FCommon%2FWrapper%2FWrapper). Therefore, it is not unusual to find many women with hijab around the city. There are immigrants, Muslims from all around the world, and also local people. In regard to the usualness (I’m not even sure that’s a word) of people wearing hijab, I don’t think it’s far different with Indonesia, honestly and in my opinion, it is quite easy and comfortable living as a Muslim in Birmingham.

As a Muslim, I have to pray five times a day. The time of the prayer depends on the position of the sun. It is quite easy to do it during the fall season but in my experience, finding time and place to pray during the winter was kind of a challenge. Sometimes, I had to pray twice throughout a lecture and with the condition; I had to pray in empty rooms around my class. That also happens here in Birmingham. As the prayer room in the university is placed in the Guild of Student – which is quite far from certain points in the university, my husband sometimes has to pray in empty rooms. The good thing is, in several restrooms in the university, there are places to do ablution or mostly known as wudhu. Well, not only in the university, even in the airport the restrooms are integrated with wudhu place. It’s comfortable, right? In the city center, there was limited space to pray. Yes, we can pray in the park or other open public spaces or sometimes we pray sitting on benches. Now, there was this multi-faith prayer room in Birmingham New Street Station. Yeay! The place is right in the middle of the city center and very easy to reach. There shouldn’t be any more problem trying to find places to pray. The place is not big but it is enough.

Another thing that people usually feel kind of difficult is halal food. As you can guess, there are many Muslims here so halal food shouldn’t be a problem. Yes! It isn’t a problem at all. We can find halal food almost everywhere, such as restaurants, takeaways, and food courts. The halal meat is also easily available. There are special butchers selling halal meat and even Tesco has its own butcher serving halal meat. It is nice because in Hull, there is only frozen halal meat.

During my time living in the UK, I haven’t got any different treatment because of my religion. I think it is a quite friendly country to live in. It is even friendlier here in Birmingham. The city is quite tolerant when you show your religious attributes, even there are people persuading others to know more about Islam and playing Quranic recitals in the city center. So don’t be afraid to come and live here because the negative rumors you hear, maybe they are just rumors.

Oct 05, 2015

11676.88 km Later

11676.88 km is the total distance between Hull and Jakarta. The two cities that I call home.

Yeap! 11676.88 km later, after 19 hours journey, I finally arrived in Jakarta. There was a ‘slight’ delay in my first flight which scares me a lot because my connection flight is only in four hours and the delay was around 2.5 hours. But thank God, I could still catch the next plane home.

The first thing I felt after I stepped my foot outside the airport building was heat! It was so hot and the air wasn’t too good that I felt like I almost suffocate. Seriously. It was 33 degree when I arrived in Jakarta. Either positive or negative, Jakarta is not Jakarta if it is not hot. Just go with it!

The second thing that I feel very different from Hull is the traffic in Jakarta. I cannot believe I’ve survived living in Jakarta for this long. The cars, the jams, the discipline – all were kind of annoying, really. And today I realized, the Jakartans are very dependent on their private modes of transportation. I drove. I do not have a car now and my driving license expires. How should I go to places? There are modes of public transportation such as transjakarta and buses but with the heat and the traffic, I wouldn’t be able to stand it. Not after I just got back here yesterday. Today is the first time in my life I think that no car + no driving license = die. LOL

Well, now the thing that I will miss about Hull – environment wise.

I will miss the blue sky. When I was in the car today, I looked at the sky and well, the sky is grey in Jakarta. I will definitely miss the occasionally blue sky in Hull. I don’t like grey sky. But Jakarta has a very beautiful sunset. Yeap! I will try to enjoy the sunset instead of the blue sky from now.

I will miss the fact that I can sleep without being disturbed by mosquitoes. I forgot that there are lots of mosquitoes in Jakarta. Being a city in a tropical country, it is common that there are many mosquitoes in Jakarta. However, it is very very disturbing especially during the night. I will miss my sleeping time in Hull where I wasn’t disturbed by them. Okay! Let the mosquito battle begin!

I think I’m okay so far. I quite enjoy the fact that this weekend I don’t really have to do anything except activating my old phone number which was quite easy actually. I do not really bother, really to come home or not. Hull is home but still, 11676.88 km to the east from Hull, I am home.

It’s been a year!

It has been exactly a year since I first stepped my foot in the UK. 22 September 2012, I arrived in Manchester.

Excited, worried, and tired were my three first feelings when I came. I needed to go by myself from the airport to Hull – you know, finding my way, buying train tickets, carrying super big luggage. I am amazed now looking at myself back then. Haha. How on earth could I do all those things by myself. But yeah, when you are forced to do something, you gotta do what you gotta do.

Time flies so fast. It’s been a year and there’s been loads of things happened. It’s been a great experience for me to be here. I was worried that my life is going to change in a bad way but it turns out that I really really like it here. I think, living in such a different place than my hometown is priceless. It teaches me many things. Ask me the price of eggs in Jakarta and I won’t know a thing! Ask me the price of eggs in here, I can give you a list of egg prices from different stores. Seriously. I think I’ve become more independent.

Is a year enough? Never! The time is never enough. I wish I have more time to stay here, travel, and learn. Well, maybe some other time. I’m a bit sad that I have to leave. I’m half-sided now. I am looking forward to go back home but I am not looking forward to leave this place. This is annoying, I know.

Anyway, I was worried that I won’t be able to survive and won’t like living far from home but I’ve made a new home here. I have great friends, nice classmates, friendly housemates, and awesome life. I want to go back to Jakarta but I’m not too eager to live my life there anymore. I seriously want to travel around the world if I can. Send me anywhere and I’ll be there. Haha. But, for now that’s a bit of an imagination. I have to go home in a few days, but I hope I’ll be back here.

I’m grateful for this past year and I hope I’ll have a great year ahead.

 Sep 22, 2013

Please DO clean your stuffs!

After series of packing stuffs, a guy from accommodation office came and check the whole house. It’s not that I have to move out now, it just reminded me more that I need to move out soon. LOL.

There is only Stephanie and I in my house now. Just the two of us! So today we decided to clean our kitchen! Yes, the thing I would never do in Indonesia, I do it here. Cleaning the kitchen. Guess what we found.

We basically opened all the cupboard and decide what we are going to do with the ‘non-possessed stuffs’. There are three alternatives, whether we throw it out, keep it, or give it to charity. All the left over food – which is gross anyway – we throw it out. I don’t even think anyone would ever want the left-over food. We found oyster sauce, dried mushrooms, bottles of salt, bottles of vinegar, packs of sugar and guess what… tens of packs of flour! We’re gonna have to open a bakery to use all the flour, really. So other than the vinegar – which we’re going to use to clean other kitchen stuffs – we throw them all away.

BUT, it’s only half-clean. We needed to decide what we’re going to do with the cooking stuffs; you know, the pans, pots, and cutting boards. We literally can open a shop here to sell those stuffs. LOL. So finally we cleaned them all and put them in the separate cupboard for everybody who will come to use. How lucky you are if you’re coming to our house. It’s all clean and provided for you. Haha!

Another thing that we needed to take care of is eating utensils, such as plates, glasses, cups, spoons, and stuffs like that. The same thing happened with the eating utensils. We cleaned them all and put them in the separate cupboard. I can’t believe how many of them we have now.

Other than that, the detergent, laundry stuffs, and cleaning stuffs. We have a crate of them. Literally a crate. Three kettles, a rice cooker, and a toaster – yuhuuu I think our house is the most complete house among all the student houses. We also still have loads of tea bags, chocolate powder, baking soda, all the baking stuffs, and canned foods.

The thing is, why don’t you all clean up before you leave? You see, when you left all the foods and those stuffs, the people coming after you won’t know what to do with those things. They will either cleaned them all or worse, just left them there without knowing anything until a year later. Seriously. One year left over food is just gross. It reminds me though – that I will have to clean up my kitchen stuffs soon. The art of moving away…

Sep 11, 2013

At the Near End of Ramadhan

I wrote something in the beginning of Ramadhan. And now it’s nearly the end of Ramadhan. After almost a month fasting and experiencing the Ramadhan life in here… well, I can say that this is the most memorable Ramadhan for me!

How can I say that? First of all, I am quite sad. In my opinion at least, when you are sad and feel like you are going to miss something, then that thing must be precious and special… And because you miss it, you must have a pleasant memory about it. I am sad that Ramadhan this year is going to end very very soon. Time flies, really…

And, when you expect that the Ramadhan feeling in here is not that strong as in muslim majority country like Indonesia… well, it isn’t that strong. But I think, the condition of being in a country where most people don’t fast or even know anything about Ramadhan makes muslim people a lot closer to each other. I don’t know because I wasn’t that diligent to go to the mosque during Ramadhan in Indonesia, but I feel like the mosque in here (well, in the university) is so much alive. It’s like the centre of muslim people’s (well, some of them) life.

In addition to that, for me, the mosque feels like home. The university mosque here is small. Don’t even try to compare it with MUI. It’s too small. But I really like it here. Again, because there are not that many muslim people, we gather in the mosque almost everyday. Well, for me it’s more like not too many days and for some it’s more like everyday. The environment is very comfy. We have our ifthar here, pray Maghrib together, eat dinner, up to tawarih together. It is so much fun! The ifthar is free by the way and it’s nice for single fighters (anak kos) in here because there’s always some more food left so we can bring it home for suhoor. And the prayers were very very nice. It’s not too long or too fast and you won’t even notice that you’re in the UK.

Moreover, as it brings muslim people together, I have so many friends. You know, people that you see sometimes in the mosque when you pray… now you get to know them. You know their name and where they live and you feel like you’re a family. Seriously…  Well, again this writing is not generalisable. It is my opinion and own experience so please read it with this awareness in mind although I think there will be a few people who share the same idea as me.

So, it really has been a great Ramadhan for me. Although I’m far away from home, I’ve found a new home. LOL. To be honest, I like the Ramadhan here more than in Indonesia. In my own experience, I can focus more on doing Ramadhan deeds and I think the obstacles – as in going to the mall or doing unimportant things – are less in here. I am sad, really… that Ramadhan is going to end soon. Anyway, it’s a pleasure that I can experience Ramadhan in here and I think I won’t forget this moment. Make the most of the last few days of your Ramadhan! 🙂

 Aug 06, 2013

Ramadhan in the UK

Finally, after thousands of reblogs (lebaaay), I got my urge to write back. I’m going to write in English now – again, finally after some mixed language entries, LOL. So, according to the theme nowadays for Muslims all around the world, I will write about Ramadhan.

This year’s Ramadhan is quite different for me, and probably my family as well. Why? Because we are separated! I am fasting here in the UK, my sister is fasting in Thailand and my parents are in Indonesia. Well, but I am grateful because I can have this kind of new experience to fast alone, far from home. Yeay! Anyway… how’s Ramadhan in the UK?

First of all, Ramadhan is Ramadhan. I mean, wherever you are, the essence will always be the same. So, although UK is not a Muslim-majority country, Muslim people here still fast and try to be close to Allah more than any other months (well, as long as I know). If you look at the mosques here, it’s almost the same with mosques in Indonesia. They have different kinds of programs for Ramadhan, they also provide ifthar and held tarawih prayer. The point is that in Muslim community, Ramadhan is still Ramadhan and we do what we usually do in Ramadhan with no difference (actually, this year’s Ramadhan must be better than the previous one!).

BUT, again as a non Muslim-majority country, Ramadhan here is different than Ramadhan back in my country, Indonesia. What’s different? LOTS! LOL. I am exaggerating. Okay, here’s the differences…

1. This year’s Ramadhan is in the middle of summer. Yes, you’re right! If you live in tropical areas, you may not experience the seasonal different which affect like your whole daily life. In here, in this Ramadhan, we fast in the middle of the summer in the UK and as we have to fast from the sunrise until the sunset, we have like around 19 hours to fast. Is it difficult? Well, if you think about it you will think that it is. However, if you do it… it’s not that bad, really… It is manageable.

2. As Ramadhan is in the middle of summer, it is HOT in here. It’s not like super hot as in Indonesia. At least I’m not that thirsty. But it is still hot. The temperature nowadays is more to over 20 degrees Celsius. If you’re Indonesian and live in Indonesia, you may think that WOW, that’s not hot. But trust me, when you spend months in the UK, over 15 degrees Celsius can feel really really hot.

3. Again, related to summer, the night time is very short. We have around 5 hours of night time that we have to use to pray and be close to Allah. Yes, I heard that we have to spend the most of our Ramadhan night to pray. So, within 5 hours you have sooooo many things to do from ifthar until suhoor. I personally choose not to sleep at night because I’m afraid I’ll sleepover. LOL. I don’t want to miss suhoor because it’s a barakah time and I want to pray Qiyamullail. So, in these past few days, I didn’t sleep at night and I slept later during the day. Your daily life literally flipped around! It is quite easy for me because I don’t really have to work everyday, but if you are working in the UK with like certain office hour… I don’t know what to do. Haha

4. The atmosphere.  Of course, different place has different atmosphere. As not so many Muslims in here (well, comparing to Indonesia), the Ramadhan atmosphere isn’t really obvious. People live their life as usual, there’s no difference with any other months. It’s neither positive or negative as I don’t really care about it but sometimes I miss the Ramadhan atmosphere in Indonesia. Anyway, it’s rather out of context but it is nice that this year, Channel4 have a special Ramadhan program everyday (Ramadhan reflection) and every week (Ramadhan in UK). So, at least we still have Ramadhan TV programs here. LOL (no Para Pencari Tuhan, though)

5. I am alone. This is personally about me. If you’re in the UK with your family then it’ll be alright. For me, I live alone here so I have to fast and arrange my Ramadhan alone (poor me, wkwkwk). For me, I am still getting used to the way I have to arrange my Ramadhan by myself. You know, life is so much easier in Indonesia regarding Ramadhan. I mean, in terms of food and you needs. You can just buy things anywhere, whenever. People even open their restaurants for suhoor. What a life! Here, you have to arrange it by yourself. I have to cook, think what to eat, think what to do and when I have to do that. I’ve learned a lot. I am lucky though because someone just moved in to my house and she is a Muslim. It’s nice to have someone around during ifthar and suhoor because our ifthar is at around 9.30 when everyone’s already having their night out or ready to sleep (I don’t think they’re asleep though) and the suhoor is at 1.30 because Subuh time is at 2.30 when people are asleep or still drunk in bars. Plus, I also have some Indonesian friends here so I can still come over and get together with them.

That’s pretty much all, I think – except the fact that we cannot have the ‘Ramadhan foods’ like in Indonesia (well, we can if we want to cook it by ourselves which… I don’t). See, Ramadhan is still Ramadhan, in whatever situation you are. What we, well I, have to do is to make the most of it; strive to conquer (caelah bahasanyaa) all obstacles to be a fully taqwa person at the end. Insha Allah.

Happy Ramadhan, everyone! Taqabbalallah! 🙂

Jul 13, 2013

Walking Everywhere

Tulisan ini nggak di request siapa2 sih, tp berhubung sedang flash back, jadi inget sesuatu yg lucu waktu dateng pertama ke Hull.

So, in my second week in Hull I was going to meet Mbak Tina for the first time. I remember that we planned to go to Hull Fair. It really is a big fair in Hull yaa… jadi yang datang bulan September, harus banget nih yaa dateng ke Hull Fair. Macem pasar malam di Indonesia cuma orang sini lebay aja yaa.. Haha.

Anyway, ceritanya waktu itu kita janjian, ketemu jam 5 sore di rumah Mbak Tina. Karena anak baru sampe di Hull, I don’t know places, right? Segera lah aku meng-google maps-kan (ini bahasanya gimana sih harusnya?) alamat nya Mbak Tina, ngeliat peta, lalu memutuskan untuk jalan kaki. Yup! Daripada nyasar naik bus (udah mana bayar kaaann) mending nyasar jalan kaki. Haha.

The information in my apple map showed that I need to walk around 25 minutes to Mbak Tina’s house. Berjalan lah saya. Lalu, si Ibu (my mom in Jakarta) me-whatsapp aku.

Ibu: Lagi ngapain Mbak? Hari ini janjian mau ketemu orang Indonesia ya?

Izza: Iya. Ini aku lagi jalan ke rumah Mbak Tina.

Ibu: Naik apa, Mbak? Jauh ya rumah mbak Tina?

Izza: Jalan kaki. Sekitar setengah jam gitu dari tempat aku.

Ibu: Kamu bisa jalan? Jauh juga ya kaya dari rumah ke kantor ibu.

Lalu yg setelah itu dibahas adalah…. why did my mom asked me ‘kamu bisa jalan?’ Hahahahaha… Ya bisa lah bu… hihi. Mungkin si Ibu nanya karena I was the kind of person who didn’t like walking, especially in polluted Jakarta. Hahaha.. Dan percakapan ini teteup loh dibahas terus di Hull. Hehehe.. I don’t think I’ll walk as much in Jakarta, really.

Daaaannn… setelah sekian lama disini (caelah berasa lama ajeee) akhirnya terbiasa juga jalan kemana2. Mulai dari jalan ke university (10 minutes to Wilberforce building areas), ke LIDL (15 minutes plus pulangnya bawa belanjaan berat), ke Newland Ave (ujung ke ujung demi belanja murah which takes around 45 minutes sampe balik ke rumah lagi), ke kantor kelurahan which is rumahnya Mbak Tina (30 minutes one way), sampaaaiii ke city centre kalo niat banget dan udaranya lagi cerah (which takes like an hour one way).

Semua berawal dari kebiasaan. Awalnya shock dong yaa harus jalan kemana2. Haha. Tapi karena udah expect dari awal, nggak segitu kaget juga. Pertama kali jalan ke city centre rasanyaaa pegel banget n cape banget. Tapi, lama2 toh biasa2 aja. Cape banget kalo pake lari2 ngejar bus atau kereta yaa (hehehe.. pengalaman pribadi). Intinya, kehidupan di Hull akan diisi dengan jalan, jalan, dan jalan (kecuali klo lagi punya unirider dan gamau rugi, ke Newland Ave aja naik bus. haha) karena modes of transportation disini hanya bus. Daerah2 yang penting dikunjungi di Hull cenderung walkable kok dari daerah student housings dan university jadi nggak perlu khawatir.

Sarannya adalaaah… persiapkan diri dengan alas kaki yg suitable untuk jalan kemana2, yang nggak bikin kaki sakit. Hehehe… Olahraga dikit2 boleh laaah.. dan siap2 kurus! (amin… hehehe). Selamat mempersiapkan diriii.. Let’s walk everywhere (unless I have the unirider, LOL).

Jul 05, 2013