Albino? Elbino?

As I find myself metaphorically treading water (my start date was pushed back by a week), I have been desperately trying to find ways to occupy my time at my parent’s home in Michigan but between bouts of baking I generally find myself thinking about unimportant details.

Enter blog reevaluation and renaming decision!

The Reevaluation: After rationing some of this “thinking about unimportant details” to my writing, I came to the conclusion that what I want to write about here is more universal than just what happens in the classroom. Being an expat teacher in a mostly non-westernized part of the world is an adventure that encompasses much, much more than just what happens between the sheets of lined paper.

The Renaming: In Indonesia caucasion foreigners are called “bule” (which literally means albino) or often they will be addressed as “hey mister” (whether male or female). When I was first warned of this phenomenon (on the incredibly helpful Living in Indonesia ExPats Forum) I wasn’t sure how I felt about it but now I’ve decided to embrace my impending new title …but with a female twist, thus bringing about the blog title “Hey Misster.”

Ultimately, I’m confident that this is going to be a grand adventure but I’m also sure that I’ll have plenty of moments in Sumatra when I’ll want to respond the way my Ukrainian student did after I tried to explain to him what was meant by “a city block” in NYC…he simply turned to me, with a completely straight face and remarked (in his strong Ukrainian accent),”McKenna, W……T…….F.”

WTF indeed.

 

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One thought on “Albino? Elbino?

  1. Hey bule. This is awesome. I’m so excited to hear about your adventures on Sumatra. Trust that if I had unlimited time and funds I would visit you in a heartbeat. Thank God words exist and I can experience your experience in a different way. Love you!

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