Filed under the Mysteries of Indonesia

Are we there yet?: Tales of Travel

Are we there yet?: Tales of Travel

Between all the temple visits, the Soekarno memorial (Indo’s 1st pres), Bromo sites, burrito stuffing, Indian food num-numing, and organic veghead cuisining (Zula: worth a trip to Bali for just an amazing meal), we were more than satisfied with our chosen ‘check it off the list’ destinations. But how did we get there? First Stop, … Continue reading

Lions…Peacocks…and Reog WU AHA!

Lions…Peacocks…and Reog WU AHA!

WU AHA! Don’t run scared just yet! I’m gonna hit you with some unfamiliar terms, but I promise a video by the end. Reog is a traditional dance and customary performance to the East Java regency of Ponorogo. Reog consists of 25-30 dance performers and 10-15 musicians playing live for a show between 2-4 hours. … Continue reading

I think I’m turning Javanese…

I think I’m turning Javanese…

For those who are new readers, are not from Indonesia, not currently living in Indonesia, or cannot confidently locate Indonesia on a map, it is important to note that Indonesia is an extraordinary place that takes advantage of any reason to celebrate its culture. So it came to me as no surprise when I arrived … Continue reading

Bebob with a Jilbab

Bebob with a Jilbab

Practiced yoga with my new host sister and she wants to do it everyday…! I could not be more thrilled. I can’t gauge her age exactly I want to say she is in her late 30s. Her name is Nurul, which means light in Arabic. Best idea ever—learning names through association. She’s hip, has two … Continue reading

Disassemble and starting over

How did I possibly end up with so much stuff? I arrived to my initial site with a backpack, one very heavy duffle bag, and my computer bag. Now, on top of those items I have another bag of clothes, yoga mat (essential), water filter, bike helmet, first aid kit, box of books and teaching … Continue reading

Moving out of Malang and into Madiun

It is officially my last evening spent as a trainee in the city of Malang. Tomorrow I will be sworn in and officially “clock in” as a volunteer for Peace Corps Indonesia 2 (4). My site is in the region of Madiun, which is close to Central Java, but still in East Java and begin … Continue reading

962 about a crossword

So I think I’ve made a minor breakthrough with the language. Not a terribly huge step by any means, but enough progress to develop a stronger interest to improve on my learning. Last evening for example I had a dream that I spoke fluent bahasa Indonesia. The first part of the dream I had no … Continue reading