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MAN up: Semester Empat (4)

MAN up: Semester Empat (4)

This post has been a long time coming so I’ll dive right in. MAN or Madrasah Aliyah Negeri OR public Islamic high school is the type of school I have geared most my energy towards for over the last year or so. After our first training ended and I was still in a constant dazed … Continue reading

the Daughter Next Door

the Daughter Next Door

Living in a culture where questioning still seems to pop up daily.Communicating through a foreign language. Following community “norms.” It’s been said. Obvious conclusions have been made.  Life here has had its ups and downs.  I’m sure I’ve offended many people with my unconscious whistling. I really try hard to avoid it. Whatever I don’t … Continue reading

In a difficult moment, I’m present…

Some descriptions are inevitably dense. Even with a superlative list of adjectives or with the help of a camera, some moments just can’t be accurately captured. Of course, both good and bad experiences happen. Everywhere. Everyday. And obviously, not just in Peace Corps. Depending where we are in life, the bad can take over, or … Continue reading

Painting a picture of my 2012

It has been three whole days since the return to site and I can’t quite seem to get perfectly settled. I think I’ve been really distracted. I’m anxious to start school again and antsy to get movin’ with this new year at site. My entire vacation break from start to finish was most enjoyable. Embracing … Continue reading

Tikus!

Tikus!

We have two cats. They are far from treated like pets in this household. It’s a mother and a daughter cat. They are tiny in length and width and have short tails. Haven’t figured out what this culture’s obsessions is with cutting cats’ tails short, but it is rare to find a cat with a … Continue reading

Lost in Translation

I can understand about every third word that is being said to me. The game is charades. My new family uses a lot of Javanese with their daily and informal conversation which is normal, but with really only having knowledge of Indonesia it’s been a little difficult to have fluent conversation. The funny thing is … Continue reading