I don’t know where the time goes, but it’s been nearly 3 years since I scaled Mt. Marapi, the most active volcano on the island of Sumatra. My guides and I began our ascent to the top around 11 p.m. and arrived at the summit just before 5 a.m. We watched the sun rise over […]Read more "Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement"
Well, I’ve been back in the United States for 6 days and in that period of time I have seen and done so much it’s exhausting to even think about! I arrived in Michigan Wednesday afternoon to the open arms of my mom and pops and my aunt. Over the next 36 hours I met […]Read more "Life after Sumatra"
I begin my 35+ hours of travel back to the United States at noon, but I couldn’t help but pop by my school one more time before doing the final rounds of my apartment and securing my luggage for the long haul to the other side of the globe. This morning I had my final […]Read more "We must do our best to part with a smile on our faces"
This photo challenge comes at a very apt time for me. Today is my final day teaching in Sumatra and this morning my beautiful students all gave me handmade cards and some of them even purchased me and made me gifts. It’s been a whirlwind of ups and downs and grand adventures and it’s hard […]Read more "Weekly Photo Challenge: Today"
Well folks, I figured I’d give you one more update on the fat water monitor that lives in my backyard before I head back to the States. Last weekend I was hanging out in my backyard when I saw Kevin and noticed his nose was red. It appears that our little rough and tumble reptile […]Read more "Kevin the Water Monitor is a Fighter!"
So sorry for the recent absence but between a jam-packed Activities Week and the fact that the Internet hasn’t worked at my home in over 2 weeks, posting has been a struggle. I promise to catch up on my photo challenges and to do my best to be better in my final 10 (yes, 10?!) […]Read more "Internet Absense"
On my first night in Indonesia I was driven through the dark evening via minivan from the airport to my final destination of Kerinci. Dotting the side of the road were small stalls with single light bulbs flooding light on rows of containers filled with a yellowish liquid. I naively assumed the liquid to be […]Read more "Sidenote: The Pertamini—not your average petrol station"