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The bule world that is. Most foreigners here tend to travel in the same circles. There are restaurants and bars that cater to them with food from home and alcohol. Often, knowing there are foreigners that hang out at a specific place is enough to draw more foreigners there. It's nice to fall into a group of people and guess that you will see someone you know there even if you don't make plans with them. Bule musts in Jakarta: Lowey's, EP, Trattoria, Pepenero, Dragonfly, X2, nearly all of Kemang, swaths of Kuningan, and to a lesser extent Pondok Indah and Citos. They are places that we all go regularly and as a result, we see the same people regularly. There are people I recognize but have never met. A few people that seem to turn up everywhere.
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When I was at the US Embassy in February I started talking to a guy named David who was also waiting. After a few minutes of conversation we discovered that he used to work at my current school , JIKS, and knows and is friends with all the people I work with. I met him totally randomly yet we had a group of people in common.
Yesterday, a coworker, Lincoln, told me he was at a friend's house looking through photos over the weekend. This friend plays on a softball team and had a heap of photos from tournaments. Lincoln stopped the slide show when he recognized me in several photos. They were from a tournament I went to on a whim last April (four months before I started at JIKS), when I needed a hit of Americana. I don't remember him specifically by name, but I remember the team he's on. I haven't seen a game since but had been wondering if there was a spring tournament coming up.
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