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A Hong Kong Picnic

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I just finished reading a book set in Hong Kong and I got so emotionally involved in the setting that when I left my house to run some errands, I was genuinely shocked to step outside and realize that I was not actually in Hong Kong. Since I’ve been so expertly transported back to one of my favorite cities in the world, I thought I’d share a memory from HK that popped into my head today as I read.

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Monthly Update: September 2014

“Remember that time when we had websites?” Josh joked a few minutes ago.

So here we are in Savannah, Georgia, taking a break from everything else for a few hours to sit at our laptops so we can each write a post. And since we’re already two weeks into October, I figured my update from last month is long overdue.

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Thoughts on Life after Indonesia

London

I arrived in England a few days ago, and while I haven’t experienced reverse culture shock in coming back to the western world, I’ve been intensely aware of the differences here.

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Photo Essay: In Praise of Indonesian Teh

Tea Field

The first time that Josh and I got out of the Jakarta area was when we went to Bandung on Christmas. We’d just spent a morning trekking around a volcano when our driver suggested that we make a stop at the nearby tea plantation.

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The Grand Adventure Home!

I’m a big fan of naming every single event that I happen to experience in my life. I think it started with my study-abroad travels where I labeled every journey I went on. Or perhaps I inherited it from a certain family member who has always seemed to enjoy cleverly-named activities as much as I now do. (You know who you are, Grammy!)

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Monthly Update: August 2014

English First School

My contract with EF ended today, and I have 3 days left here in Indonesia. It’s been an exceptionally routine month: morning classes, home, afternoon classes, home, eat, sleep, repeat. As I’ve enjoyed the last stretch of being an English teacher in Indonesia, I’ve been plagued by an unexpected and recurring thought:

I’m not ready!

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How Borobudur Stunned Me Again

Mendut Monastery

Josh and I had a spectacular time in Yogyakarta when we went during our Christmas break last year. So much so that we simply had to return during Lebaran break seven months later. Our sunrise tour of Borobudur Temple was one of the highlights of our Christmas trip, and we were eager to make it back and see more of the surrounding area.

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