Today is a national holiday in Indonesia – Ascension Day, when Jesus Christ rose into heaven. I had never heard of it before (the holiday, that is), but because of this feat, millions of Indonesians get a day off.
For me, it was a chance to catch up on some work. The guards at the office were a little surprised to see me working on a Christian holiday. We had a brief chat about it in my rusty Indonesian. It went something like this:
Sir, today is a holiday.
Yes, but I have a lot of work.
But what about...?
(Gestures upwards with both hands, correctly guessing that I don't know the Indonesian word for Ascension.)
(Pausing as I grasp for the right words.)
He's already there.