The sights of Sulawesi’s Tana Toraja

Tana Toraja is, hands down, my favorite place in Indonesia. The people are so friendly that they will invite you to share a meal with them while mourning the loss of a loved one, and the views of rice paddies and green pastures are as breathtaking as they are endless. This wondrous place is home…

Happy tears at a local English competition

When I first began teaching at SMAN 7 in Kendari, South Sulawesi, my student Elsa was painfully shy. She rarely raised her hand. Every day, she sat next to her friend Risda, one of my best students. I saw Elsa wanting to raise her hand, but hesitating. But as the weeks passed, Elsa became more…