Bromo

Bromo

As I think I’ve mentioned before, my village here is no stranger to “buleh” (or foreigners) due to the multitude of tourists that visit and/or pass through on their way to one of Indonesia’s main tourist attractions, Mt. Bromo. Finally this past week I got to experience it myself, not once but twice! The night after … Continue reading

A Wedding

A Wedding

Most people started rolling in on Tuesday; aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, and group after group of energetic children roamed about, continuing the preparations for the wedding to take place Friday. Furniture was removed and stored in a neighbor’s crop-house down the street as every square inch here was converted into a kitchen – clusters … Continue reading

Trainee -> Volunteer

Trainee -> Volunteer

Pre-service training has come to an end which officially makes me a bona fide Peace Corps Volunteer. I’ll have you know I’ve arrived at site and it is absolutely stunning. Every day I open my backdoor to stand on the side of a steep lush mountain, watching the clouds and upland fog roll in over … Continue reading

To the Mountains

To the Mountains

Thinking back on college, the boys and I threw some pretty outrageous parties out on Del Playa; Mechanical Bulls, Fire Dancers, Chilean Miners vs. Somalian Pirates, and always the strangers piling in by the hundreds. Yet I can say without a doubt that this was my first time in attendance to a circumcision party. One … Continue reading

English Olympics

English Olympics

Sticking to my usual early schedule, we arrived at the school around 6:30AM Saturday morning to begin preparation for the day to come. The past two weeks had been extremely busy with practicum, language classes, and immigration; but somehow we had been able to draw out a fairly thorough plan for our English Camp. Instead … Continue reading

Futbol, Fish, and Farewells

Futbol, Fish, and Farewells

Exhausted after another long hub day at UMM, I reached into my pocket to open the text from my bapak reading, “today my grandmother is die”. I had known the nenek I lived with had been sick, but had no idea to what extent. When I asked where she was the day before, Maryam had … Continue reading

My Second First Day of School

My Second First Day of School

I try to remember my first day of school; walking into Ms.Inglis’s class at George Peabody Elementary – a loud sea of unfamiliar faces, not knowing what to expect or what to do. You can draw a lot of similarities between your first day of school as a student and your first as a teacher. … Continue reading

Breaking a Sweat

Breaking a Sweat

This past week has been busy; not only did I cram the weekend full of physical activity, but we also started practicum at local schools! Futsol, Coconuts, and Fun Bike I started Saturday off with my normal early morning run, but decided to tack on a few extra miles as I got caught up exploring … Continue reading

Hari Libur

Hari Libur

Since I’ve got to play catch up with my blog,I thought I’d just wrap up all my hari libur (free days) so far into one post. Most of my days are jam packed with training and meetings, but I have had a few days to go off and adventure. Gunung Banyak After our first week … Continue reading