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Meet my students

I’ve talked about my students over and again, but I realized that I never included pictures. It just so happens that we had “picture day” last week, so I had a great excuse to get my camera out. Not that anyone needs an excuse to take pictures here. My students will often interrupt class or […]

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On holiday

“What do you do on holidays, Ma’am?” This is a common question from both my students and my fellow teachers. I learned quickly that by “holiday,” they actually mean “weekend.” My answer, sadly, is usually, “Not too much.” Living in a huge city like Jakarta, I feel like I should be out roaming around, visiting […]

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Presenting…Paradise!

I had a special treat this week because Julianne, another ELF staying on Java, came to visit me for several days in Jakarta. Along with having a blast dining out at numerous lovely restaurants, she brought me my pictures from Bali!!! So, with out further ado, may I present paradise… First stop: Nusa Lembongan. Nusa […]

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When in Indonesia…

No great breakthroughs or grand adventures this week, but still, there were some blog-worthy moments. Tuesday night, for instance, one of my classes invited me and some of the other teachers out for karaoke. Karaoke, it should be mentioned, is like the national sport here in Indonesia. Indonesians do karaoke like we go bowling. Now, […]

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Beating the Curve

During pre and post arrival orientation, we were warned about the “Culture Shock Curve” – which basically explains the emotions you’ll experience when living in a new country/culture. Everyone experiences the curve in different ways, but most people start happy and excited – move on to really frustrated and sad – and end with a […]

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From Hokey Pokey to Hip Hop

Everyday is still an adventure here in Jakarta. Getting though the first week at Sebasa was fascinating all on it’s own, but when I come home from work, everything begins anew! Here’s a sampling from this week: There are several programs throughout Jakarta and Indonesia that are sponsored by our State Department; teaching English, spreading […]

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Sebasa: Police Language School

Today marks the end of my first full week of teaching at Sebasa. It was exciting, nerve-racking, and at some points a little tough and exhausting, but I can’t imagine a better fit for me. Sebasa is a Police Language School that offers courses in five languages (English, Arabic, Mandarin, French, and Bahasa Indonesia) to […]

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The Good Life

This is what I learned today from my “Bahasa Indonesian Word-of-the-Day”: Pria itu punya otak udang – That man has a shrimp brain. I love this language. Life here ain’t too shabby either. Today started with another trip to the Ragunan zoo for a run with the Jakarta Free Spirit running group. My new found […]

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Little America

Gah! So much to blog about! I want to relate the great adventures of Bali, but I’m waiting some pictures to illustrate (curses on me for forgetting my camera). I do, however, have pictures of my apartment and my address for those of you with sour gummy candy that you need to dispose of…just saying […]

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Sorry for the lapse, dear friends. I was blessed with the opportunity to meet with a few other ELFs in Bali for a wonderful (though perhaps undeserved) vacation. We haven’t started teaching yet, but most of us agree that just settling into a new life here in Indonesia is a worthy enough accomplishment. Either way, […]

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