graduationcapNo one had to wear a hot polyester gown or a cardboard hat.  No one played “Pomp and Circumstance” or Green Day’s “Time of Your Life.”   We didn’t even receive a diploma. 

But we did graduate from language school with a handshake and well wishes (“Selamat Jalan!  Semoga Sukses!”)

Mari pelatih-pelatih di IMLAC!  Kami berterimakasih untuk semua yang kalian ajarkan kepada kami!

On to the next adventure!!

Twenty Nine

Yesterday was my 29th birthday.  I am now twenty nine years and 22 hours old.  I’m getting old!

Technically, my actual hour of birth was about 9 am central time, so really I’m only twenty nine years and 9 hours old. 

Phew!  I”m not that old after all. 

Anyway, Nathan and I decided to celebrate by taking a motorcycle ride up to Dunkin Donuts.  YUM!!

Dunkin Donuts is in the next town over, so it took about 30 minutes of dodging other cars and bikes to get there, but it was totally worth it!


Yummy donuts, good hot chocolate, cute hubby and drizzling rain.  Sigh, this is what good birthdays are made!

Actually, I could have done without the drizzling rain.  Isn’t it supposed to be dry season??


I enjoyed my chocolate mint and my boston cream donuts and then we skedattled home because there’s still alot to do before we move next week!


This is Pak Jovan, one of our language school teachers.


He recently got a camera and takes AMAZING pictures!  I asked him if I could share them with you.  I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves!







Does any know if National Geographic is hiring?  Because I have the perfect guy for the job!!

The Anatamy of a Move

In just over a week, we will get on a plane and move to Papua!

Between now and then, we have to complete our work for language school and pack up our house.

All of our things from here will be put into a 20ft shipping container and then put on a boat headed for Sentani, Papua.  Just to give you an idea, moving from Salatiga to Sentani is a similar distance when moving from Phoenix to New York City but with a huge body of water in between.


Our container should take about three weeks to arrive in Sentani.

Anyway, right now we are surround by cardboard as we wrap all of our furniture for shipping.


This is the same room, before packing:


We are very excited to get to Papua!  It’s been about two years since Nathan last flew an airplane, so he’s itching to get back in one. 

We learned a few months ago that the Papua leadership has decided to train Nathan in the Quest Kodiak!  Right now there is only one Kodiak in Papua; two more are waiting in the States for approval. 


(This is the Kodiak in Haiti, helping with diasater relief after the earthquake several months ago)

Farming in Indonesia

About 45% of Indonesian workers are somehow involved in agriculture and 60% of Indonesia’s cultivated land is in Java! 

Everything from rice and coffee to rubber and sugar is grown in Indonesia and about 40% of it is exported.

Ok, enough facts.

The farm land here is beautiful and most of it is farmed by hand.

There aren’t big heavy machines, only sweat and toil.  And maybe a water buffalo or two.  (Did anyone else start singing the Veggie Tales water buffalo song?  “…yours is fast but mine is slow…”)


There are a whole bunch of words for rice in Indonesian.  I can think of three right now: padi, beras and nasi.

Padi, I believe, is the rice in the field.
Beras is rice in it’s harvested but still uncooked state.
Nasi is cooked rice.

Since rice is one of the main staples of food here, it makes sense that they would have so many words for it!




It is no secret that I love coffee. 

So, it should be no surprise how excited I was when we came across a coffee plant growing in the wild the other day!



Apparently you have to wait until all the little beans turn red before you can pick them.  We only found one red bean.  If there had been more, I would have been tempted to bring them home to roast by myself!!



I didn’t notice the little ant on this coffee until we got home and I looked through my pictures.  Apparently ants like coffee too.

There is a ton of coffee that is grown in Indonesia and then exported.  Next time you see Sumatra or Java coffee in the grocery store, pick some up and support Indonesia!  Also, the coffee is really yummy.  Go buy some!


Yesterday we rode our motor bikes up to a waterfall with my tutor, Ratih and her husband, Danang. 

Ratih said that she accidently found it one day.  I have no idea how she did that, because we took an awful lot of twists and turns to get there!





How to Get Three Baskets Home on a Motorcycle

A Tutorial

Step one:  Ask you sweet husband (aka motorcycle driver extraordinaire) if he can take you to the rattan store to pick up the baskets that you ordered.  Make sure to bring tie-downs with you!

Step two:  Sit on the motorcycle for 10 minutes while driving to the rattan store.  Hold on tight!

Step three:  Pay for said baskets while talking to the nice lady who owns the rattan store.  Listen to  (and follow!) her advice not to leave the baskets on the floor, otherwise this will happen again.

Step four:  Strap two of the three baskets to the bike like this:



Note: It is probably best if your sweet husband completes step 4.  His knot tying skills are most likely better than yours. 

Step five:  Climb on the back of the motorcycle after your sweet husband is ready.  In one arm, hold the third basket.  With your second arm, hold on tight!

Step six:  Sit on the motorcycle for 10 minutes while driving home.  Do not lean against the baskets behind you!  They will shift!

Step seven:  Arrive home.  Take photos of the baskets strapped to your bike. 

Step eight:  Enjoy baskets!


My kitchen cabinets are done!

(And there was much rejoicing!)



And the part I’m second most excited about (second to the fact that there are no longer termite “leftovers” on all of my dishes and food) is this:


A rail for the drawer!  This make opening the draw SO much easier! 

All of the doors and shelves are made out of Teak because it is a very dense wood that termites can’t eat!

Teak is a very common wood here and no where near as expensive as it is in the States!