Turn Up The Heat, It’s Mealtime

– Compiled by Kate Morrow, ETA in Pangkal Pinang – “Can you eat this?” or “Is there spicy food in your place?” These are common questions ETAs encounter regarding the topic of spicy food. To celebrate the end of our first semester and an increase in our bodies’ tolerance for makanan pedas (spicy food), we’ve compiled a list…

The Currency of Bracelets

– By Ian Morse, ETA in Gorontalo – I entered Indonesia in July with four bracelets that were close to me. Each one had a story and a meaning – free speech, labor migration, pacifism (2). I kept only one rule since I received my first in high school; never buy a bracelet for myself. Otherwise…

Pen Pals: Kelly & Yuwen

This is the first, and hopefully not the last, of a new kind of piece, one where ETAs from around the world talk to each other and share experiences. For a short time, they become pen pals. Indonesiaful has edited their emails for length and clarity. Kelly Richard is an ETA in Surabaya, Indonesia, and…