Yangon

The air was pleasantly cool. Not quite a chill, but certainly not the muggy heat I am used to in Java. I shouldered my two small backpacks and walked up the gangway from the plane to the terminal, hoping that customs would go more smoothly than my trip thus far.* Welcome to Yangon! a sign … More Yangon

Welcoming the Islamic New Year with Dragons, Drumming, and Dancing

Originally posted on Indonesiaful.com:
For one day only, the fantastic and the ordinary mingled side-by-side in Sepanjang, Sidoarjo. — By Kelly Fitzgerald — “Miss, the students want time to prepare for Muharrom. No class today, okay?” my co-teacher said with a smile Friday morning, five minutes before our last class of the week was…

Warm Welcomes and Waterfalls: A Day Trip to Malang

East Java, known locally as Jawa Timur or Jatim (Indonesians love abbreviations), is home to four Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) for 2016-17. Yours truly is in Sidoarjo, Krupa is in Surabaya, and the charming Shreya and Caroline live in Malang. In October, Shreya and Caroline came to Surabaya for the day and helped host … More Warm Welcomes and Waterfalls: A Day Trip to Malang

Pasta, Pesto, and Peanut Sauce: An Intercultural Potluck

Several weeks ago I went to Universitas Airlangga’s American Corner (AmCor) for the first time. I arrived “fashionably late” (traffic took two hours instead of the expected one) but I still made it! Before I had the chance to introduce myself to everyone, Mas Agung, AmCor’s coordinator, informed me that they were planning on having … More Pasta, Pesto, and Peanut Sauce: An Intercultural Potluck