Beginnings and Endings

Trip Start Aug 19, 2010
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Trip End Jul 31, 2011


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Yogyakarta

Flag of Indonesia  , Central Java,
Tuesday, October 12, 2010



Hello again friends and family.

This will be a quick blog entry but I'm hoping to put up a good amount of pictures and also a video (made with my Flip) to show you some more of Indonesia through my different lenses.

So the time for endings, beginnings, and changes has come again for me here in Indonesia. As of today (the 12th of October) we are officially finished with language study here in Salatiga which is bittersweet. I really enjoyed my time here and am grateful to have been with the rest of the group but am ready to move on to the next- larger- phase of this year. I have stayed very healthy and have continued to find many outlets for sports and exercise, including a monster hill that I bike up every day from my house to the language school. Needless to say I won't miss that in the relatively flat city of Kudus.

Thursday we all head out to our respective locations around Indonesia. I will be in Kudus with Juliana, both of us attempting to teach English in different schools. There will also be two SALTers in Papua (2000 miles away from the island of Java where we have been and I will continue to be), one in Pati, one in Ungaran, one in Semarang, and one in Srumbunganung. We will be there getting reaquainted with host families and beginning our assignments (teaching in my case) for around 3 weeks before coming back to Salatiga for MCC team meetings in early November. All MCCers from around Indonesia will meet for this time of refreshment and refocusing on the broader team goals here in Indonesia and in our respective communities.

The past couple weeks of language/cultural study and travelling have been a blur. I got to climb a mountain, repeat the high ropes course close to Salatiga, make a traditional Papuan (Papua is one of the many islands that comprise Indonesia and is east of Java) meal with a group of male and female Papuan students and citizens living in Salatiga, and travel to the city of Yogyakarta for shopping/sightseeing, and a trip to one of the largest Buddhist temples in the world, Borobodur.

Borobodur was a truly special experience for the whole group. We were able to hire a tour guide to help us explore the ancient temple, and it was great to have him explain to us the history of the place as well as the meanings of the many statues and reliefs that cover the grounds. We trekked to the top for a wonderful view of the surrounding Indonesian countryside. Although it did rain for a good portion of our tour it is impossible to supress the grandeur and awe-inspiring beauty of the temple. My pictures can't do it justice but hopefully provide a little better feel for the place.

Thanks again to everyone who has continued to email me, post to my blog, send me letters etc. it means a lot to me. I will certainly post soon letting you know more about my assignment in Kudus (as I figure it out haha) and will try to keep the pictures coming.

Sampai Jumpa (Until Later),

Joel
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