One of my favorite things to do, whether I am traveling or at home, is to find pretty scenes in otherwise-not-so-nice areas. When I lived in Cincinnati, my neighborhood was somewhat rough, but with a little digging, I always managed to find interesting architecture, secret gardens, or other hidden gems.
Last week, many Indonesians celebrated Eid al-Adha. The holiday is a feast to honor the Muslim prophet Ibrahim, who was willing to sacrifice his first-born son, Ismail, to Allah. (Sound familiar, Christians? In the Old Testament, Abraham was prepared to offer his son, Ishmael, to the Christian God.) Here in Indonesia, Muslims celebrate this holiday by making an animal sacrifice.
Josh and I work six days a week. While this schedule suits us just fine (in fact, Saturday classes are my favorite), it admittedly isn’t very conducive to traveling on the weekends. We’re looking forward to seeing more of Indonesia at some point, but by the time Sunday comes around, we’re ready to spend a good part of the day relaxing. As a result, we’re starting to find plenty of things to do in our own area.
This week marked the end of my first month teaching in Indonesia. It has been a wonderful few weeks here, and I’m looking forward to teaching for at least the rest of the year, and probably even longer! Last time, I wrote about what it is like teaching the different levels of students. Now I want to share specific highlights from my time here so far. These are the things that stuck out to me most during my first month.