Thoughts of a Dying Idealist
Bondowoso / Daily Life / Indonesia / Peace Corps / People / Teaching

Thoughts of a Dying Idealist

It didn’t take long after arriving in Indonesia, to realize that my idealistic goal of “saving the world” was not going to happen. I wince even writing it, because it’s just shows how naïve I once was. Back when my idealism was at its peak, I could see all of the social and environmental problems … Continue reading

Negative, Negative, Negative
Bondowoso / Culture / Daily Life / iGLOW Camp / Indonesia / Peace Corps / People / Teaching

Negative, Negative, Negative

Frustration, frustration, frustrated. It’s hard to write about the hard parts of being a Peace Corps Volunteer without getting really negative, and negating all the good things—and there are many—but there are also some aspects of this PCV life that are intolerable. I’m in one of those moments. First and foremost, as a foreign volunteer … Continue reading

I Am a Boat, My Life is the Sea (Of Anchors & Other Sentimental Ramblings)
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I Am a Boat, My Life is the Sea (Of Anchors & Other Sentimental Ramblings)

It started somewhere between reading Life of Pi and my in-depth explanation of the line ‘Life is but a dream’ to a classroom full of Indonesians singing “Row Your Boat.” Two events sketched an image in my mind that now I can’t stop seeing: Life is a calm or tumultuous sea, while each person is a … Continue reading