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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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I can’t even begin to comprehend how I’ve traveled through time and space over the past 24 hours. Just a montage of neck cramps, standing in lines, and Iron Man II (again and again), peppered with the occasional dining/beverage carts slamming into my knee. All standard fare, I’m assuming. I […]

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Deep Breaths

Dad told me just to take deep breaths. Whoooooosh… It helps. I’m sitting in the Pittsburgh Airport getting ready to finally embark on this journey that began nearly a year ago. For those of you who don’t know, I started teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) two years ago […]

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