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Seoul Searching: A Comedy of Errors

Washington DC to Seoul: 6945 miles and 14 hours. Jakarta to Seoul: 3287 miles and 8 hours. Meeting your brother half way around the world: priceless…well, mostly. When my brother announced that he would be paying a visit to South Korea in September, it seemed like our one and only opportunity to do some world […]

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Bonding Over Machetes & Sulfur

Meet the 2012-2013 Fellows, Photo by Adam Brock whoaredefinitelynotdoinganythingthatthestatedepartmentwouldfrownuponinthispicture. For two weeks, eighteen of us (two are still coming at the end of the month) are bonding in Bandung, a city two hours outside of the capital. We spend most of our days blundering through language class and sessions on the education system in Indonesia. […]

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The Other Side

In the few years I’ve been a teacher, I’ve discovered one constant: It always takes me three tries to get it right. When I taught intensive writing at U of Akron, it wasn’t until my third semester that I finally knew what I was doing – my endless apologies to my poor, poor first semester […]

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Round Three

America is great. Or is it just that America is home that makes it great? When I’m home for the summer, I am wholly me again, assured and confident in familiar surroundings. In Indonesia, I am stripped of some of this confidence and independence. Getting back behind the wheel of a car is so simple, […]

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Southpaw Living

In honor of National Lefthander’s Day, I feel it my duty to dedicate blog-space to the southpaw experience. I am one of the 10 per cent of the world’s population that can claim left-handedness. I am also part of the first generation that wasn’t forced to be right handed. My uncle should proudly pen with […]

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To Be Continued…

One week to go before the sun sets on year two in Indonesia, and I feel…exhausted. Physically, my body needs a good break from training; mentally, I need to catch and put to rest all those flittering work thoughts; and emotionally/spiritually, I’m on E. These are a few of the reasons this week can’t go […]

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Uphill All the Way

New friends, some of whom are seemingly trying to kill me. My experiment in becoming a triathlete this year has led to a lot of new friends and many new adventures. Some of these adventures end in bodily harm (jellyfish, heat exhaustion, etc), but it’s fun to see what one is made of. A few […]

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Ego check 1,2…1,2…

As it turns out, I’m a lousy planner. And, being that I’m not so hot at being spontaneous either, I may be the world’s worst travel partner. Luckily for me, Indonesia is very forgiving, always making up for even my worst laid plans with some unexpected charms. Thankfully, the country proved itself again last week […]

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On the Slow Train

I was with a group of American friends on an escalator in a mall. We were engrossed in conversation, but all stopped as a blur passed by us on the left. Without looking, we knew that the fast walking man was a bule. My friends noted this because he uttered an “excuse me” before plowing […]

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Where the Wild Things Are

The Balinese may be one of the coolest people groups I have ever met. Maybe it is my testosterone-laden, American background, but I don’t usually expect to equate men in skirts (sarongs) with flowers behind their ears (worn after prayer) with uber coolness. But, this weekend, when I found myself surrounded with just such people […]

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