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Sunday Morning

Naomi, Participant

Sunday morning, I received one of the worst wake-ups of my life. I got up, brushed my teeth, showered, picked out an outfit, and eventually decided to check my phone. I immediately was hit with a flood of messages, my lock screen completely covered.......Read More

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Transpacificism

Dennis Fer, Participant

Today, October 23rd, marks the 27th month since Ashley and I first began our relationship. Since July 2016, Ashley and I have been in a long distance relationship, stretching from Houston, where I lived, to the small town near Los Angeles where......Read More

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Ibu’s Care

Jon Charette, Participant

Boy getting sick sucks; the annoyance of our unwelcomed houseguests, illness and injury, only escalates knowing that they seem to creep up at the most inconvenient of moments. This is all the more true on a trip like Bridge Year where it seems like......Read More

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Evacu-cation

Oscar Platt, Participant

Sitting in my hospital bed in Singapore, recovering post-surgery, I feel a million worlds away from my friends, teachers, and family in Jogjakarta.  I was evacuated here yesterday with Christine after I fell off my bike and fractured my elbow. The......Read More

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Ohana Pt. 2

Ashley Cao, Participant

Hello again! I couldn’t fit all the pictures that I wanted to include in my last yak about family, so this is a continued yak only with photos of my house here in Kotagede (i.e. what it looks like, the layout, and all the art in it). Enjoy! (:...Read More

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Ohana Means Family

Ashley Cao, Participant

In Kotagede, I live with a family of cat-loving four where art is quite literally in the name. My father, Bapak Indarto, is a sculptor, currently working on a bronze komodo. He is perhaps one of the silliest people I know, constantly making jokes......Read More

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Getting Creative

Alex Krauel, Participant

Yak of the Week

“How’s Indonesia?” A simple question, and an inevitable one at that. I can only imagine if my son, brother, best friend, teammate traveled to a distant corner of the Earth, especially one that never crossed my mind save for a fleeting headline......Read More

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One Second a Day Video

Oscar Platt, Participant

I took a one (and sometimes two) second video every day for the past month and a half!  Here is the compilation. It’s going to be a lot longer in 8 months… https://drive.google.com/file/d/12vZoWDx0HBo8pdNBcLAWW8GziADdVdtA/view...Read More

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Back in Jogja

Gregory, Participant

Just a small note to inform whomever may be wondering… We have returned to Jogja and are enjoying some creature comforts in a delightful guesthouse not far from where our students will soon be calling home for the next 8 months. Currently we......Read More

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Crying and Community

Esha Jain, Participant

One of the first texts I sent to my mom once I had wifi after our rural homestay in Nagasaribu was “My grandma cried when I left”.  Going into our first rural homestay I could not even begin to label the emotions I was feeling. Looking back I......Read More

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A Little Poetry

Isaac Wills, Participant

To commemorate my time in Nagasaribu and to thank the community that made my time there an auspicious pleasure, I threw together some rhymes for the send-off party…   Train, plane, pisang goreng / Chorus of horas! / Welcomed by Gani and......Read More

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Update from Sumatra!

Noa Greenspan, Participant

Yak of the Week

Sumatra’s landscape shocks one into the present moment. Here hobbling, knobby dogs share the road with mud-slicked water buffalo and discarded juice cups and little schoolboys with clip-on ties. In the day the clouds swell warm and heavy over the......Read More

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An unexpected connection

Yolanda Wu, Participant

Hi everyone!  I’m Yolanda, Oscar’s mom.  What a lovely surprise today when I dashed into Whole Foods in Brooklyn only to come face to face with Sumatra Lintong coffee.  If you look closely at the photo, you’ll see that the coffee beans are......Read More

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Greetings from Nagasaribu

Isaac Wills, Participant

I’ve jumped into many bodies of water. I recall Percy Priest Lake’s thirty-foot cliffs from which I escaped the smothering Nashvillian summer heat. Remembering Cumberland Plateau’s Fiery Gizzard trail, I lose count of the times I’ve stolen......Read More