Pardon My French: Faux Pas, Gaffes, and other Awkward Acts

As our 10-month experience in Indonesia draws to a close, we have asked ETAs to reflect back on funny cultural anecdotes from their time in the archipelago. American and Indonesian cultures are quite different, and of course, it is inevitable that ETAs living in a cultural context starkly different from their own will occasionally commit…

The Halfway Mark

– Greg Sutton, ETA in Gondanglegi, East Java – This month signals the halfway mark of my time in Indonesia. It’s been an incredible experience thus far. I’ve had enough free time to read about a book a week and take an online photography course. I’ve picked up enough of the language to where I can…

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…