Our awareness of this extraordinary experience tends to get lost in the daily grind. Even our day-to-day experiences, at first thought, seem typical and, for the most part, ordinary. It’s only when we take a step back and think about them that we realize just how strange and unimaginable they really are.
When I first started writing this post, my thoughts were structured around the idea of documenting a simple middle-school field trip. Nothing too exciting. Just a day trip down to Timika. “Just a day trip,” I thought to myself…until I realized just how inconceivable the specifics of it really are. A full-day recording session in a remote island radio station, beginning with a twenty-minute chopper ride down the hill and ending with a two-and-a-half-hour armored bus ride back up the hill. In reality, there was nothing ordinary about it, even though, to Ally, it seemed like a typical day.