# DAY 21 AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE

I can’t believe I just typed that sentence. How is it possible that already 3 weeks passed by since that devastating evening? If there is one thing I learned in the last 3 weeks it’s that when you can’t find sunshine you only have one option and that is to be the sunshine. We survived more than 300 earthquakes, we are still here and we are still able to smile and to love. Whatever the future will bring, I am sure we will be able to handle it.

Expectation feeds frustration

As most people haven’t returned to the island, the trash situation is getting a bit out of hand. No one is collecting the trash at the moment and you find trash bags on every corner of the street. A lot of people (especially business owners) came back after the first earthquake to clean out their fridges and burn their trash. Some people came back to clean their fridges, put their trash on the side of the road and left again (did they expect that the trash would still get collected although almost everyone left the island?!?), and some people left after the first earthquake and haven’t returned yet.

We got together yesterday to start collecting the trash and bringing it to the dump where people have been burning trash since the start of this tragedy. You can imagine how bad the smell gets when trash has been standing in the sun for 2 or 3 weeks. One of the trash bags that I picked up immediately fell apart and my hands were literally covered in shit from a diaper.

I don’t want to be angry or frustrated and tell myself; everyone has the right to deal with this situation in their own way. It was our choice to stay and other people made the decision to leave. There is no right or wrong. I just wish the earth would stop shaking, people would return home and we could start rebuilding our Paradise. Together.

Any other day but not today

The first 7.0 earthquake happened on a Sunday, the second 7.0 earthquake happened on a Sunday and today its Sunday again. Many people believe today another big earthquake will happen and left Gili Air. The island looks deserted again.

I don’t mind if there will be another earthquake but from the bottom of my heart I hope it doesn’t happen today. Any other day this week is fine, one more or less doesn’t really make a difference to me anymore, but just not today. Let’s keep our fingers crossed. 

Love Rose

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