Back to WhereThereBeDragons.com
Photo by Celia Mitchell (2015/16 Semester Photo Contest Entry), Indonesia Semester.

Princeton Bridge Year Indonesia 2017-18

Go to Blog
View

Counting Down the Days

Marissa Michaels, Participant

Before I was shipped off for Bridge Year, I scoured my mind for a great idea for a going away present for my parents. I finally settled on a matching pair of necklaces for me and my mom and a personalized calendar for both of them. I spent hours......Read More

View

Fish in the Mandi

Ariadne Kertsikof, Participant

Yak of the Week

Oh God! There’s a fish in the mandi. That was the first thought that crossed my mind as I entered the shower area of my then-new home here in Kotagede, ushered by my Ibu (mom) who was showing me around for the first time. I wasn’t scared, nor......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Princeton Bridge Year Indonesia 2017-18

View

Winter Excursion Itinerary

Christine Megariotis, Participant

Dear Friends and Family, The group is about to set off on our winter excursion to the island Sulawesi! We have been enjoying our time in Yogyakarta, but with over 17,000 islands to explore adventure is calling us. From December......Read More

View

The New Normal

Marissa Michaels, Participant

A few nights ago, we celebrated Sebastian’s birthday with a dinner party at his house. For the special occasion, his family had created a line of banana leaves, in the middle of which was a long array of rice, chicken, and other assorted foods.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Princeton Bridge Year Indonesia 2017-18

View

2:54 AM

Ariadne Kertsikof, Participant

Theres a cockroach crawling behind my bed And now it’s not on, but in my head. Its minute sounds terrify me on repeat -there’s no way i can sleep. Please leave, i can’t even see you. It’s too late to find someone to kill you......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Princeton Bridge Year Indonesia 2017-18

View

Dream House

Hector Betanzos, Participant

Rumah Impian is the name, saving dreams is the game Together with Pak Sammy and the gang We transform the lives of homeless children Dang!   My coworkers, the people who make the place fun We’ve been together two weeks, only begun And the......Read More

View

Strange, Wild, and Authentic

Shelby Brainard, Participant

Indonesia is a strange and wild country. I knew this from the get-go, but it took a while to fully grasp. Two events in Jogja fully solidified this fact for me. The first: One day my friends and I were at the program house using the wifi to send......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Princeton Bridge Year Indonesia 2017-18

View

Keluarga (Family)

Jiwon Yun, Participant

The sunlight sweeps over the rocky dirt ground, igniting my path as I make my way towards my new home, a small, bright yellow house that looks like it’s been set on fire in the evening light. My new father is next to me, a solemn backlit figure,......Read More

View

A Tale of Two Cities

Marissa Michaels, Participant

When you arrive in a new country, everything seems novel. This was certainly my experience arriving in Indonesia. The language was unfamiliar, the makeup of people was different from what I was used to, and rice at every meal was a foreign concept......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Princeton Bridge Year Indonesia 2017-18

View

No longer jelek to me.

Ariadne Kertsikof, Participant

What does kamu jelek mean? Kamu means you and jelek means ugly. Yet, in a specific context, when placed beside each other, the two words carry a message much more tender and endearing than the insult that google translate would suggest. Significant......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Princeton Bridge Year Indonesia 2017-18

View

An Unexpected Encounter

Shelby Brainard, Participant

Community involvement is strong in Indonesia. This can be seen in its purest dose during gotong royong, which translates roughly to “working together”. Gotong royong is an Indonesian custom whereby members of a village or neighborhood......Read More

View

Sounds (Terima Kasih)

Simon Rosen, Participant

I just arrived in Jokja the other day and now, as I walk around, I feel comforted by the sounds of a city. I’ve been in many cities across the United States and Europe but Yogyakarta is my first in South-East Asia and the sounds here can be as......Read More

View

September Travel

Umi Akhdadiyah, Instructor

Hello Friends and Family! Please enjoy some photos from our September travels… Main photo: Student group at Prambanan Temple Photo 1: Biking trip from Berbah to Kedungmiri, SE of Jogja Photo 2: At Prambanan Temple Photo 3: The group in Langa,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Princeton Bridge Year Indonesia 2017-18

View

Gamelan Beats

Sebastian Williams, Participant

Yak of the Week

In the village of Kedungmiri, nestled in a river valley south of Yogyakarta, there lives a man named Pak Sugiyo. On one of our three nights staying in the village, we had the opportunity to join in weekly gamelan practice with the village seniors,......Read More

View

First International Experience

Hector Betanzos, Participant

First Cross Cultural Obstacle I had so many questions when I arrived in Japan, and one of them was HOW DO YOU FLUSH THIS THING?! Of all the problems I thought I would run into while away, it never crossed my mind using the toilet would be one of......Read More