Monthly Archives: October 2012

comfort food

My pembantu*, Atik, indicates with her hands for the computer–Google Translate–when she needs to ask an important question. Usually involving money. Like before she left for the holidays, she wrote, “I’ll miss you during Idul Fitri.” Awww . . . … Continue reading

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coming home

The first time you travel out of your new country and then return to it, is surreal. I just got back from visiting Seoul for October break. ¬†Usually when I board Korean Air in Seoul I’m headed for Chicago. But … Continue reading

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i heart rain

When I left for my evening run, it was dark even by Indonesian standards at 5:15 p.m. The clouds were heavy, just the way I love them. My affection for rain cannot be understated. The last time I was caught … Continue reading

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Way before arriving in Indonesia, newly hired international teachers receive an email from a company that requests that you let them know when you’d like them to come and pack up your things. This happens when the idea of moving … Continue reading

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