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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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So that’s what it feels like…

First off, my apologies for taking so long to update. Between spotty internet access, trips to the immigration office, and beginning my bahasa Indonesia classes, I haven’t had much time. A quick update: I’ve moved out of the hotel and into a temporary apartment until mine is completed. I should (fingers crossed) make my final […]

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The “Bule” Effect

As Ibu Sitha and I pulled away from the crowded streets near Sarinah, Sitha rolled up the car windows: “It’s not a fear factor…it’s because of the you factor; the bule factor.” Sitha and I had a good laugh at this, but at nearly 5’10” with blonde hair and blues eyes…yeah…it’s a little hard to […]

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Day 6

I LOVE SATE AYAM! Yes, I will shout it, thankyouverymuch. Sate Ayam is chicken kabob covered in peanut sauce, and it is fantastic. I was beginning to get worried that I wouldn’t find any Indonesian cuisine appealing and would live solely on Pringles and fruit juice when last night in the middle of a mall […]

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Glass Box

Day four. For four days, my life has been shielded/separated from Indonesia by a pane of glass. I view the city from my hotel room, watch the traffic jams from the windows in our conference rooms, even observe the people of Indonesia through the bus window as they weave skillfully around our bus with chickens […]

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First Impressions

We made it! I’m now blogging from our luxurious hotel (Alila) in the center of Jakarta (not joking about the luxurious part). We got in early Saturday morning after an uneventful plane trip from Singapore. We were given the remainder of the day off to rest up and stave of jetlag. So, naturally, a group […]

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