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"
April 10, 2011: Snowshoeing in the Pyrenees Mountains in France with fellow English teachers. April 6, 2012: Climbing to the top of Mt. Marapi in West Sumatra, Indonesia. It’s been a little over a year since I started my professional life as a TEFL teacher and I am literally still standing on top of the […]Read more "One year later, still standing on top of the world"
I’ve decided that feeling homesick for the life you led before being an expat is kind of like looking back on old relationships—we’re prone to only focusing on the good memories and ignoring all the reasons why we left which makes us sentimental for something that never existed. Today I decided to take a day […]Read more "Sidenote: Homesickness Sneak Attacks"
My site will be “blocked” aka blacked out to protest SOPA/PIPA on January 18 from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. EASTERN STANDARD TIME. Please take a moment to read all about it here: Information on the Wikipedia Blackout: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:SOPA_initiative/Take_action General information about the protest and ways to take action: http://sopablackout.org/ Open letter to Washington: http://dq99alanzv66m.cloudfront.net/sopa/img/12-14-letter.pdf It’s time to fight for […]Read more "Sidenote: SOPA Protest"
Today, as I asked our school office aid for a pair of scissors to cut the tape covering the package I’d just received in the mail, my co-worker announced “I feel like you have gotten a package every month since you arrived.” I laughed, explaining that in the last month I had not only celebrated Christmas but […]Read more "Sidenote: Snail Mail Smiles"
I had written this as part of my adventures at Imigrasi and the Polisi but decided it deserved its own entry…So now I give you, driving in Indonesia, as seen through the eyes of a westerner. I’d just spent the last two hours in a van zigzagging and leapfrogging through the palm plantation fields that […]Read more "Sidenote: Driving in Indonesia"
Today’s apparently a two-fer day…what can I say, inspiration doesn’t follow a regular schedule. Thank goodness for Skype. Thank goodness for the chance to see friendly faces and hear the voices of the people I love and care about. Thank goodness for thoughtful friends who think of me during special occasions and “Skype” me into […]Read more "Sidenote: Skype, a TEFL Teacher’s Crack"