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Home is going to be a fluid concept for the next year or so. Nate and I have a pretty solid list of countries we want to see while we have the time, but Augsburg will, for all intents and purposes, be the place we hang our hat and unpack our suitcases. Since I’ve been […]

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…Continued

Fisch auf dem Trockenen…I came across this German idiom on the first day that I cracked open my German for Dummies book (Thanks, Sierra!). It’s the German equivalent to our American Fish out of water, and as the near-title to my old blog, I chalked it up as one of the many, many signs affirming […]

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A Little Gish Back in a Big Pond

Writing a final blog can be intimidating. That’s perhaps the reason why it’s been exactly a month since coming home, and I still have yet to post anything. There is pressure to have something really wise to say and future plans to parade. Every time I think I’ll sit down and write about everything I’ve […]

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You’re speCIAl

I’ve lived for three years in Indonesia with an inflated sense of coolness. When people hear that I work with police, they tend to make their own assumptions about what I “really” do. These assumptions usually work to my benefit. For example, the ojek (motorbike taxis) drivers next to my apartment confided to my friend […]

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Call me Gishboger: Tales from the High Sea

Call me Gisboger. A hardened sailor, I am not. I’m pretty much afraid of everything that lies just below the water’s surface. Coral, jellyfish, sting rays, plastic bags, half-decayed bodies like in the book Hatchet, etc. Here in the land of 17,000 islands, I find myself constantly begging forgiveness for not having any interest in […]

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Dem Bones

For two and a half years, I’ve had Tana Toraja on my list of ‘must sees’ before leaving Indonesia. Every time I heard mention of this village in central Sulawesi, the descriptions always played out like a National Geographic special. The place is well known for its manic funeral ceremonies and creepily life-like effigies. Add […]

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Blessed Life: Buddhist Edition

If you’ve ever asked yourself –  Just what is the nectar of the gods? – you’ve come to the right blog. The answer is…wait, what am I doing? If I just tell you, you might not read the rest of the blog. Well, smartypants, I’m not going to tell you until the end. How do […]

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Blessed Life: Hindu Edition

For twenty-nine years, I have been a run-of-the-mill, Midwestern protestant, and I will likely remain as some form or another of that for the rest of my life. For twenty-seven of those years, I really never had cause or opportunity to explore other religions. Here, where the government officially recognizes five religions: Islam, Christian, Catholic, […]

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Trading Bungalows for Bikes

I believe in the adage too much of a good thing – chocolate, menu options, goals, boyfriends, etc. And I discovered that even sitting on the beautiful beaches of Bali can also fall into that category. Take a dip, read, snooze, gaze at the waves, snooze, read, take a dip, watch sunset….rather, rinse, repeat. It […]

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Here’s to you, 2012

Robyn Brown – of Allyn Street fame – used to ask me every birthday, “What was your best moment of the last year?” Since the world didn’t end, I thought I would speed things up this year and reflect on the question as the ball dropped (and ask everyone else as well because I wanted […]

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