How To Be Vegetarian In Indonesia

— By Kelly Fitzgerald — Those ubiquitous, uniquely Indonesian mealboxes are dangerous territory for vegetarians. If you’ve ever lived in Indonesia, you know the ones: usually found at large events and always come with rice, one of those stabby-straw cup waters, and say Selamat Menikmati! [Enjoy!] or Terima Kasih [Thank You] on the top. While…

Gorontalo, a “Hidden Paradise”

The local airport boasts a sign with the phrase, “Welcome to Gorontalo, The Hidden Paradise,” although my site partner and I called Gorontalo a “hidden gem” multiple times before we noticed this sign. The slogan refers to the incredible underwater life and diving in the Gulf of Tomini. While it is true the marine flora…

Traveling around Indonesia with a giant diorama fit for an ambassador

In eight months of jungle living, nothing has challenged, provoked, and inspired me quite like this diorama, carefully constructed by Nurul, one of my best students, for a national English-speaking competition in Jakarta. Made from a handful of basic crafts, the diorama is a proud, styrofoamy display of Indonesian sovereignty.  Long before going national, it was…