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Princeton Bridge Year Indonesia 2017-18

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Princeton Bridge Year Indonesia 2017-18

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BYIndonesia Students on Return Flights Home!

Elizabeth Johnson, Instructor

Dear Friends and Families, We received notice from staff that the BYIndonesia group has successfully boarded their flights in Jakarta and are headed back to the US and their respective countries. Just a note of gratitude for your support throughout......Read More

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X-phase Moment

Ariadne Kertsikof, Participant

Part of our excursion coincided with Ramadhan -the month of fasting for the Muslim community. At this time of year those who join the fast may only eat and drink after the evening prayer, maghrib, and before the morning prayer, sahur. During the......Read More

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A Javanese Wedding

Shelby Brainard, Participant

My homestay brother got MARRIED during my last week in Yogyakarta! Actually, it was over my last two weeks, as that’s how long the wedding took—two full weekends of Javanese courting procedures, Islamic ceremonies, festivals,......Read More

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Spring Excursion Itinerary 5/9 – 5/26

Simon Rosen, Participant

Bridge Year is almost over and for the last month, we (the students) have planned a trip as our final excursion. We will be going north from North Sumatra province all the way to Weh Island, the most northern point of Indonesia. 5/09 – 5/12......Read More

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Princeton Bridge Year Indonesia 2017-18

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Goodbyes

Jiwon Yun, Participant

Goodbyes are one of the hardest things to do, especially for someone as indecisive and sentimental as I am, when suddenly there are a million things you want to say racing around your head and no amount of time seems to be enough. As someone who......Read More

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Cantik?

Ariadne Kertsikof, Participant

Every morning when I walk from my home to the program house, I pass through the courtyard of Masjid Besar, the main mosque of Kotagede. Usually I pass by at the time when elementary students have their PE class. There are about 50 kids around,......Read More

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Moments

Bridge Year Indonesia, Participant

Hi friends! We just returned from our mid-year retreat to Dieng Plateau in the highlands of Central Java! We took some time off our life in Jogja to step back and reflect on our journey thus far, where we’re standing right now in our Bridge Year,......Read More

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A New Hobby

Marissa Michaels, Participant

It would be an understatement to say that the transition from my stressful prep school to the Indonesian culture of santai saja (just relax) was (is) difficult. During our first month in Indonesia especially, our lives were pretty sedentary. Aside......Read More

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The Last Mango

Ariadne Kertsikof, Participant

One of the first habits I adopted after moving in with my homestay family was drinking mango juice. Being used to the ordinary taste of oranges, I found myself exhilarated at the prospect of indulging in what was previously a scarce and exotic fruit......Read More

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New Horizons

Jiwon Yun, Participant

We recently got back from a two-week hiatus in Northern Sulawesi, another one of the many sprawling islands that make up Indonesia. Not only was it a much-needed time of R&R, but it was also a time of many firsts for me as well. It was the first......Read More

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Stories

Jiwon Yun, Participant

Recently our group watched a video called “The Danger of a Single Story” by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In it, she discusses the danger of underrepresenting certain cultures (here’s a link to the video if anyone wants to check it......Read More

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Journal Entry #1

Simon Rosen, Participant

For the past couple of weeks I’ve noticed I haven’t been using my time in Indonesia to the full extent. Sure, I’m learning a lot, and I’ve been seeing a lot, and experiencing so many new wonderful things, but I haven’t......Read More

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My Homestay Family

Hector Betanzos, Participant

Bapak Indarto: He’s the goofy, funny one. He always greets me with a smile, and constantly asks me about my day. As little kids do, we often chuckle for no reason from simple glances at each other. The sculptor also knows martial arts and can......Read More