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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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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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The Great Migration

Ramadan Decorations

“This is insane!” I repeated for at least the tenth time.

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Monthly Update: July 2014

Idul Fitri Fireworks

This month’s update is coming to you from Yogyakarta! Josh and I loved it here so much when we came here in December that we decided to come back here for our last holiday and to celebrate Josh’s 25th birthday. It’s been an excellent trip so far, and I’ll have some Yogya posts coming up over the next few weeks! For now, here’s my July wrap-up.

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Monthly Update: June 2014

Indonesian Puppets

I opted to skip last month’s update since I spent most of May in bed with dengue fever and didn’t get to see very much of Indonesia except for the inside of a hospital. I was back on my feet for most of June, so here’s what I got up to this month.

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Monthly Update: April 2014

Josh and I spent April discovering neighborhoods in Jakarta and our own city, eating our way through several restaurants with delicious food, shopping at some of Indonesia’s best malls, and of course keeping extra busy with plenty of overtime at EF.

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Kartini Day

Kartini Day

A lot of what I experience in Indonesia is just day-to-day teacher stuff–my expat life is, without a doubt, much different from that of an average Indonesian. But that doesn’t mean that I never get to see a deeper look into Indonesian life and culture. On April 21–Kartini Day–I was lucky enough to experience an elementary school’s observation of a holiday that was established to commemorate the Indonesian national heroine Raden Ayu Kartini.

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Wayang Museum

Wayang Painting

Living in Indonesia has been an interesting learning experience for me in many ways, and one of the things that I’ve gained is a look into the country’s culture, which at times can be very different from my own.

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