A couple of days ago, Ernest from the Rainbow Project contacted me. He told me that he successfully finished distributing our donations to the teachers in rural Indonesia in form of cash gifts and bags of food. He sent me an interim report and a final report, both of which are available for download here. Thank you again, also in Ernest’s name, for being so generous.
Indonesia was of course also suffering under the coronavirus pandemic, which made it difficult for Ernest to even get to the places where our donations were to be put to good use. Indonesia hast about 1,5 Million documented Covid-19 infections. It currently seems to have peaked in early February and the number of active cases is declining since then.
Here in Germany, we are right now in the third wave of infections. The vaccination campaign is going awfully slow, many feel it is impaired by overly bureaucratic management.
I am mostly constrained to home office work and don’t meet many people at all. In fact, it is not the social interactions I miss most in this pandemic. I miss Titien, I miss culture, and I miss culture with Titien.
One of the funniest memories I have with Titien is us visiting art museums. Rather than slowly walking from painting to painting and reverently admiring the masterpieces, Titien managed to immediately connect personally to many of the works.
She would somehow interact with the paintings and uncontrollably giggle away. I uploaded a video here of a visit to the Stuttgart State Gallery where she desperately is trying to control her giggling. It puts a smile on my face every time I see it.