Day Party

— By Patrick Dougherty — You sweat a lot in Indonesia. It’s near/on the equator, it’s humid, and there’s not much air-conditioning to speak of. When asked by another teacher why Americans don’t bathe twice a day, I told him because we don’t sweat inside our workplaces since there’s usually central air conditioning. I reassured him…

Indonesia’s school flag ceremonies

Any Indonesian school event is incomplete without the requisite speech at the beginning. You need an upacara (oo-pa-cha-ra) — a flag ceremony – and it is an ordeal. Some schools do it every week but mine seems to think they take long enough to be reserved for special occasions. The police conducted one during my second week,…