Category Archives: Study abroad in Southeast Asia

Stepping Off

While any normal person might have had their fill visiting eight mosques/shrines/temples the previous day, I am far from normal. There were just a couple more temples in Chinatown that I wanted to see before heading to the airport. The … Continue reading

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Temple Frenzy

We flew back to Singapore at 7:35 am. That meant having a taxi pick us up at the hostel at 5:30 to make sure we were at the airport by 6. The fare was $3.50 for the 30 minute ride- … Continue reading

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Water Castle

Having breakfast alone on the roof, waiting for the students to make their appearance, I realized one thing. The decorative pool of water alongside the tables was actually a swimming pool. It was no wider than a single lane on … Continue reading

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Buddha, The Hipster, and Superman

Overnight, the hostel had been overrun with Indonesian school children. We considered slipping aboard one of their many buses, thinking that we would probably end up at Borobudur, our desired destination for the day. We knew, however, that there was … Continue reading

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James Versus the Volcano

Our alarm clock went off at 3:45 am. Christian had called a 4:00 orientation before our 4:30 departure to hike up the volcano. Since a light breakfast of fruit, toast, and coffee was being served during our meeting, there was … Continue reading

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Mountain of Fire

Since we didn’t have to check out until noon, we decided to make use of the “Tirto Nirmolo” waterpark that was adjacent to our hotel. It was, after all, included in our stay and we were not in a huge … Continue reading

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Bicycles and the Ballet

The time had come to leave for Indonesia. Since Air Asia charged extra to check baggage, we had decided to pare our luggage down to a single carry-on each that would have to last us for our five days there. … Continue reading

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The Gardens

It was raining when I woke up. Since I knew that it would be hours before the students got up, I sat on the “veranda” watching the rain and reading Becky’s copy of Mockingjay. The students did finally get up … Continue reading

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Train to Singapore

I woke up early and let myself out of the room. I wanted to find the main K.L. Post Office in order to mail our leeches back home but I had a couple of hours before it would be open. … Continue reading

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K.L.

We left the hotel at 7:15 in order to make the 8 am bus to Kuala Lumpur. This time the girls had also been assigned a room in Sri Emas as well, so we met downstairs in the lobby. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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