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Students in a long tail boat in Indonesia. Photo by Aaron Slosberg, Indonesia Semester.

Thought #1

This is the first of many posts I will be publishing. It is a personal series, of sorts. While most other students on this program will supply readers with the activities we’ve done and the places we’ve been, I’ll be using this blog space to publish some of my daily thoughts.

I hope these posts provide some insight into my mind while on the course, and in turn, insight into the course itself.

Thought #1:

Everything is so green. I tried searching for a flower the other night but could not locate one. I asked my host mother if there were any flowers in the neighborhood; she laughed at me and told me they don’t grow around here.

Every day on my walk to school, I keep my eyes peeled for a flower. All I find is green. I had no idea the color could reach such depths. It almost hurts my eyes.

The rain creates so much life here. It’s beautiful in theory, but I can’t help but feel nauseous and claustrophobic being constantly surrounded by this one single color I cannot seem to escape.

Maybe the MSG is going to my head. Or maybe I’m subtly longing for my drought-stricken, desert home: California.