I eat rice a lot. But where does it come from?

– by Kelly Richard, ETA in Surabaya – It is almost impossible to go an entire day in Indonesia without eating rice. My co-teachers and Indonesian friends are shocked and concerned when I explain that American cuisine includes their staple carbohydrate only once or twice a week at most. I often find that despite my…

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…