Author : Alexandra Harris
Publisher : Bay Owl Press
First Edition 2015
One week after New Year’s Day in 2006,I was on a flight to Aceh.Many of the passengers knew each other & chattered casually about the heat wave & drought in Australia. They were foreign aid workers returning to work after the Christmas break.As we walked down the steps onto the tarmac,the air felt humid & tropical,familiar & almost Balinese.It felt like going home.As the heavy air embraced me,my first inclination was to relax into it,but yet this was not home & my entire body remained on edge.
One year after the Indian Ocean tsunami ,Angela finds herself flying into the devastated region of Banda Aceh as a researcher for the UN. Enthusiastic and committed, the young American woman arrives at a place swarming with young aid workers, and she soon enters a world that is nothing like what she has known.
Post-tsunami Banda Aceh is a unique bubble where everyday experiences like house hunting or going to a coffee shop are wracked with complications and a work trip can end up at a football game played by elephants.
While Angela rapidly becomes disillusioned with the NGO life, she has to cope with falling in love in a region where men and women are traditionally segregated. Soon Angela finds herself wondering if she will have to choose between love and work.
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