these girls are my inspiration…

these girls are my inspiration…

With a month and some weeks left in the semester my English Club finally started meeting on a regular basis. AKhirnya! (finally). The student attendance still varied, but there was always a consist group of girls. Since they always came I offered to meet with them an extra day to do activities outside of just … 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

serving as if 3 months remain

serving as if 3 months remain

I hadn’t talked over Skype with anyone from my family for what seemed like weeks. When in actuality it had been 5 MONTHS! <worst daughter award for this girl> Not having access to a laptop had its pros and cons. I felt that I really opened up at school more. I definitely ate more fried … Continue reading

The Naked Truth

“Ibu, saya telanjang!,” a phrase I struggled to get out as I stumbled to cover my body and clumsily reached for my towel at the same time. “Mom, I’m naked!,” are 3 words I’d never thought I’d have to utter in the same sentence while in Indonesia. I also never thought I’d  feel anxious without … Continue reading

a big bite of that American pie

Sure I have days when I’m confused, or annoyed, or just unfocused. And just when those days seem to have nothing else better to offer, there always seems to be an unavoidable cloud of smoke I pass through while on my bike, inevitably inhaling that oh-so-fresh puff of burning garbage. I mean who doesn’t have … 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

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