Jakarta

School | Indonesia

I wanted to begin phase two of Indonesia by introducing you to my lovely new village, as well as give a tour of my air conditioned apartment, but those things will have to wait as exploration time has been limited and my kitchen has flooded no less than three times! So, I begin by introducing you to my new school...

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For those of you who do not know, I have relocated from Salatiga to a suburb of Jakarta called Lippo Karawaci (car-uh-wah-chi). I am the newest member of the grade 3 team at Sekolah Pelita Harapan. A photographic tour cannot do my new campus justice, but I shall try nonetheless.

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This is a central view of campus from the administration building.

The Junior School building and round pool in the background.

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The olympic pool.

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Playground number one.

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These are the new single teachers and new friends. That was just a quick overview of some of our facilities. My classroom is almost finished, another post on that to follow soon!

Taman Safari | Bogor | Indonesia

As we have a week off of school for Idul Fitri (the end of Ramadan) several of us hopped our of bed at 3 am and jumped on a plane to Jakarta. We had a long to-do list and crossed one item off by renting a car + driver to go to Taman Safari, a drive-through animal park, just outside of Jakarta. Animals from elephants to alligators to hippos were just out of arms reach as we cruised the park.

At one point on our venture, we experienced a bit of deja vu as we approached a stone archway and mechanical gate reminiscent of Jurassic Park. A variety of signs warned us to stay inside our vehicle and keep the windows up if we didn't want to get eaten by tigers or lions. We got up close and personal with some pretty ferocious, albeit drugged, creatures.

At the end of our tour, after checking out some monkeys and giraffes, we had a photo-op. I got to high-five a lion and cuddle with an orangutan.