Category Archives: culture shock

I almost ate bat (paniki) . . . ada

This is my final Slice of Life Story Challenge for March 2014, sponsored by Two Writing Teachers! Yesterday, I almost ate bat, but I did taste bat gravy. To be polite. Yes, paniki, bat in curry sauce. Some of the best travel … Continue reading

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my car is a giant purse

So I’ve posted many times about not having a car in Indonesia and taking taxis instead. As an American living in suburbia in the US, being without a car would mean bumming rides, spending hours on  a bus that takes … Continue reading

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Every day I see something I’m not sure about

Writing about my experiences overseas, I walk a tightrope of trying to avoid making the every day seem precious or exotic and not letting go of what I will wish later that I had documented when I’m gone. While living … Continue reading

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back in the saddle . . . the dangerously insane saddle

This morning I woke up to Michigan Radio reporting that motorcycle fatalities are up 18% in the state since the repeal of the helmet law last year. I shook my head at the insane loss in the undeniable face of … Continue reading

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how landslides and undersea cables affected our day

Today I woke up only to find that my multiple devices were indicating that my wifi was connected, but something was not right. When I tried streaming radio or checking email or reading the school’s beloved “daily bulletin,” I kept … Continue reading

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when time zips by

I’m a big fan of Jee Young’s writing and have taken a lot of inspiration from her teaching, writing and approach to life. Now as an international teacher myself, her recent post about trying to fit everything in during a … Continue reading

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another random holiday while the time changes back home

This time the holiday is Nyepi, the Hindu New Year and Day of Silence–Tuesday; March 12th is a school holiday. While speaking with an Indonesian friend at church, she explained that this new year is mostly observed in Bali, where … Continue reading

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