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Nov 11, 2013 - Day 1 in the Classroom!

Its finally time to start teaching!! Just my luck "Bali Belly" hit me hard overnight. That's what the call the upset stomach that tourists here are pretty much bound to get. So I should have been up at the teaching center at9am but there was no chance of that happening. So I laid on the porch with a fan on my face, drinking ginger ale and hoping no one was using our toilet when I needed it. After overindulgibg in stomach medicine from all around the world (the joy of international living situations) I was finally ready to help my co-teacher...

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Nov 8, 2013 - Day 4 & 5: Cultural lessons

Yesterday started out calm, as part of our orientation to Bali we did a Bathik painting class and made flower offerings. Of course we also tried to practice our Bahasa language skills! The greatest help with language (and general survival) is the coffeeshop owner across the street. His name is Made (common name for second born children in Indonesia) and hes great with helping us practice. He is also hilarious. Everytime I walk up, any hour of the day, he greets me and chats and then says "beer? ". Hes got us all pegged... for Mirjam its...

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Nov 8, 2013 - continuation...

So we went into town last night and the taxi ride down therewas quite hilarious. So we hopped a taxi outside our house and we were giggling and joking and at one point I said "oh come on, you know you love me." In a glorified voice our driver cried out "you lesbeo??". We laughed because to us its no big deal if we were and recalled the group shower story from earlier in the week. The driver exclaimed "out of normal. Girl boy only ". We explained that we actually all do like men but its ok for people to be different. He did not agree and...

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Nov 6, 2013 - The Program

So most of you know that I'm in Bali doing volunteer work but to give you a little more information it is through an international volunteer organization. Each volunteer can stay for as long as they'd like but orientations are only twice a month. So this weeks orientation has about thirty people who are here to do a variety of volunteer projects including teaching English, construction work, kindergarten play, turtle conservation and my program in healthcare education. The volunteers here right now range in age from 18 to 66 and are from...

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Nov 6, 2013 - Day 3: Trust

After yesterday the calmness of today was very welcome. We woke up, had a language lesson and in the afternoon had a Balinese Cooking Class. It was not really a class but we made spring rolls and it was pretty cool. My job was to cut carrot flowers. I rocked it ;) lol I have noticed a lot here that had led me to question why it is so different from back home. From the weakness of the money compared to all of our home currencies to the use of more efficient transportation than I see at home. But the most baffling thing to me is the degree of...

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Nov 5, 2013 - Day 2: New Friends :)

Yesterday was such a packed day I didn't have energy to write! So here's my belated post before today gets rolling. So this whole week is orientation, which most of us find quite excessive but its been fun and it almost like being on a teen tour with a bunch of adults! So yesterday morning started with Bahasa Language classes. We learner some basics to help with our teaching efforts. It was nice to learn the language and we walked around greeting people all day. After the lesson Mirjam and I decided to go to a resort down the road and get...

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Nov 4, 2013 - BALI!!

Yesterday I flew from Bangkok to Bali. At the airport in Bangkok I ordered a Thai breakfast. While far different than traditional American breakfast the shrimp wonton and noodle soup was absolutely amazing... and that's just airport food! Also in Asia the local airlines always serve a meal in economy if the flight is over one hour so on both my flights yesterday I got to try different chicken dishes. It was amazing, the second one was sooo spicy!! I met an American couple at the airport who coincedentally also live in Chicago and also made...

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Oct 12, 2012 - First Stop, Indonesia

Well hello friends and family, looks like my adventures of Southeast Asia have begun yet again. This is blog entry number one for the trip, so bear with me. For starters, the tearful goodbye at the airport is always a tough beginning to an exciting adventure but it sure makes you appreciate the people in your life (love you mom and dad). Even waiting to board the plane felt surreal and I couldn't believe what could be in store for me over the next few months. A thirteen hour plane ride brought us to stop number one, if you can really call...

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Aug 10, 2012 - Home at last...... after 2 months in Bali

2 months in Bali Our original plan for the end of our one year journey was to travel the US seeing family and friends for the summer. We opted instead to go to Bali because we wanted to check out the Green School. We learned about it from a TEDtalk by the developer of the school named John Hardy. The Green School's main premise is to teach in an environment of sustainability for our planet. The buildings are designed and built out of bamboo and they grow many of their own vegetables and raise animals as well as use solar and water power to...

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Aug 6, 2012 - Final Language class

Well I spent another week at language school. It was the last one that is scheduled for us. Unfortunately none of the other volunteers were there at the same time as me. I think some will be there next week during Lebaran . I have been feeling quite disappointed that I have not mastered the language as well as I would like to and then when others show off their skills it makes it worse. So I took the option of taking the last of the language training offered to us. AVI has contracted a different language school which is located in Ubud. So...

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Apr 18, 2012 - Sanur to Ubud

- Woke up early(ish) - Was exhausted when I woke up because it was a long night of waking up every hour or so to Nana's snoring - Went to breakfast at the restaurant at the hotel - Called Komang from Skype while we were at breakfast and asked if he would take us around in his car tomorrow to some places around Bali. He also offered to come take us to Ubud later this afternoon so we set a time to meet downstairs after we check out. - Went straight to the beach and hung out there for a couple hours just reading and relaxing - Went by the pool...

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Apr 10, 2012 - Ubud- Meeting with Agung

4.9.12 Another pretty uneventful day. Walked around for a little bit but mostly relaxed in the room all day. Still congested and not feeling good. At night realized that I couldn't find 4.10.12 I finally got to meet Agung (the old healer / teacher guy). Even though I'm not feeling great I still really wanted to meet him. Komang took me on his motorbike to go meet his teacher at the same house I met with Mahday in. I was definitely expecting to see an ancient looking man awaiting me, but instead the guy looks like hes in his 60's. Komang...

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