The village is not so quiet

– By Ian Morse, ETA in Gorontalo – A teacher had invited me to his house for dinner. It was my first week in Gorontalo, and I was quickly realizing that this tranquil village was the perfect place to spend ten months. There is only one major road through Ilomangga, where houses quickly become shacks…

Gorontalo is just a huge small town

– By Ian Morse, ETA in Gorontalo – When I walk around town, it’s not uncommon to hear shouts of Mister! from people I have never seen before. Mostly, it seems, people just want to acknowledge the foreigner since they don’t see many like me in Gorontalo, at least outside of their television. But it’s…

The Art of Pulkam

Originally published at https://allfortheloveofwandering.wordpress.com. Pulkam is short for pulang kampung, a phrase which roughly translates to “go home to your hometown.”  My recent travel for research* happened to bring me back to both of the sites where I used to teach and live as an ETA (Fulbright English Teaching Assistant): Malang in East Java, and Gorontalo in…