The last day of year 2011 a person named Nader Fathzadeh sent me an email. I was taken for granted that this Nader is a female person. She said that she is a new member of Servas in Iran and is traveling to south east Asia for about two weeks. She would be in Jakarta for 2-3 days and asked me if I could host her while she was in here. I said, of course she could. But she didn’t tell the exact date she would arrive in Jakarta.
Nader’s itinerary kept changing. Since I just moved to a new house, I still hadn’t had my internet connection yet. I didn’t check emails everyday so I gave Nader my cell phone in case she would be in Jakarta at a sudden.
She sent me emails telling me that she was here and there in Sumatra Island. Finally she emailed me when she was about to fly to Yogyakarta from Medan, that she already got the ticket to Jakarta in January 21 at 9pm. She said Jakarta was the last spot city before she left for Kuala Lumpur at January 23.
So the unexpected story began from here. The 21st of January. At 8pm Nader texted me that she missed the flight because of big raining in Yogyakarta that she could not make it. So she bought a new ticket for the next day to Jakarta at 650am and would arrive at 8am in Jakarta airport. I said sorry for her.
In the morning I texted Nader to text me when she had had arrived in the airport. She did. Then I made a call. It was a big big surprising that I heard a male voice. To make it sure, I asked this person slowly and clearly, Nader are you male or female? He said, of course I am a male. Okay then. I explained to him to take DAMRI bus and bla bla bla, so that I could pick him up.
While he was on the way, I kept thinking, what should I do. Now I couldn’t host him because he is a male. Then I picked him up somewhere. In taxi, I said to him that it is not proper here for a male to stay overnight in a female’s house. Oh, that was what Nader responded.
So we arrived at my home. Safely, of course. He had his breakfast. And then we talked about many things about our countries while Nader washed his clothes in the machine. He is a very polite person and he is a professional traveler. He said that in Jakarta he would like to see some spots like museums, historical buildings, and such things. So I took him to Monument Nasional (Monas) and old city Kota and batik in Grand Indonesia. While doing that I sent messages to some friends if one or two could stay overnight in my house or Nader in their house, otherwise.
It was already 9pm. We were still in grand Indonesia. And still no place for Nader to stay overnight. Then we were back home. Nader said that he needed to check his emails. I said fine. I let him using my computer.
Then a friend called, he could help me finding a hotel nearby. But I said it was not the idea of Servas program. It is for peace and trust and understandings between people from all over the world. That is what the main purpose of Servas. Then he said, so I think it is okay for Nader to stay overnight in your house.
It was over 11pm. It was tiring to think about many how ifs in this case. And Nader was still on the computer. He didn’t know what I was doing. So I gave up trying. I said to him I would go to sleep earlier. He said okay. And I slept very well that night.
In the morning I asked him what time he went to sleep. He said at 2am. Before leaving the house Nader gave me a plastic of cotton candy from Iran which was very sweet and supple, and kinds of special nuts from his country. It was nice. Finally I took him by bajaj to Rawamangun terminal to catch up DAMRI bus. His flight to KL was at 1140am.
Till we meet again, Nader. It was a pleasant hosting you in my place.
Nader is my third guess of Servas.