The Ride Home

 Pop the kickstarter out and give it a good go, the machine and my knee are both screaming ‘sakeeet!’ All the stares manifest like I’m putting on a show, sweaty back, hot sun, and now some pain in my feet.  Impatiently I wait as she warms up her pipes. Onlookers look on, judge and jury…

End of semester celebrations in Palembang

“SMAN 17 Palembang had a celebratory week, Dec. 23-27, with class competitions in dance, music, and sports to mark the end of exams and the first semester. In the event shown above, students in teams of two (all boys in the matches I witnessed) sat on a bamboo pole placed over the campus pond and…

Laughter: The universal language

Indonesian people most certainly know how to have a good time. The line that separates serious business and ridiculous tomfoolery is thin. I’ve come to realize that spontaneous singing, dancing, and laughing are commonplace in any Indonesian social setting. So, when I heard that my high school was taking two days off to celebrate SMA…