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

X-Phase Update

Hello! ‘Tis I, Babette! I am this week’s journalist, which means that I’ll be the one bugging everyone to please please please post yaks. As is only fair, I myself am going to (hopefully) be posting a few yaks in the next couple of days, ones that I’ve had in mind since Jogja (can you say procrastinator?!).

But before I do that (and seriously confuse everyone by talking about events that happened weeks ago), I wanted to give a brief update on our X-Phase. For those of you who don’t know, X-Phase is the student-planned portion of the trip, during which students are responsible for arranging all accommodation, activities, transportation, meals, etc. After much debate, we settled on *drumroll please* SUMBA. And we have arrived!

We’re currently in Waingapu and will be so until the 30th, when we’ll head to Waikabubak. After about 4 days in Waikabubak, we’ll travel to Tambolaka for the final two days of our X-Phase. On the morning of the 5th, we’ll fly out of Tambolaka to Kuala Lumpur for our visa renewal. And after that, 2 weeks in Wakatobi, 1 week of transference, and you’ll be seeing our beautiful faces once more.

We’re not sure what the internet connection will be like in Waikabubak and Tambolaka, so if you don’t hear from us after we leave Waingapu, please don’t be concerned! The likelihood that things are going to turn into Lord of the Flies is very small, really. Trust me.

In the meantime, get ready for some deeply random yak posts from yours truly and (hopefully) some quality content from my lovely partners-in-crime/travel (I’ll try to convince Sadie to post some of her incredible pictures).