Being Bule

Being Bule

The single most influential factor in my life here is my existence as a bule. It dictates how, why, and when people interact with me. It affects every single relationship I create and colors people’s opinions of me as soon as they see me.  Continue reading “Being Bule”

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Burmese Days: Escape to Myanmar

Burmese Days: Escape to Myanmar

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant is not a travel grant. This has been pointed out to us a number of times, particularly when the prickly subject of the travel policy comes up. However, Indonesia is not only a large country filled with beauty and culture, but it is also located in Southeast Asia which is filled with even more beauty and culture Continue reading “Burmese Days: Escape to Myanmar”

On Diving; or, The Scariest Thing I’ve Ever Done

On Diving; or, The Scariest Thing I’ve Ever Done

The hardest things I’ve ever done in my life—writing my thesis, giving my best friend’s eulogy, moving to Indonesia for 9 months—have generally happened slowly, gradually, almost inevitably. They were certainly the most difficult tasks and decisions I’ve ever undertaken but at no point did I stop and truly think I could not continue. I have now done something that breaks that pattern and I think that diving is idiosyncratically the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Continue reading “On Diving; or, The Scariest Thing I’ve Ever Done”