|Taken at one of my student's |
mountain villa. Mountain. Villa.
|A group of SPH teachers on a rainforest trek. |
I'm in the pink jacket.
We also traveled a lot around Java- the island we lived on. I spent some time in Yogyakarta- the city near Mt. Merapi which is the volcano that has been erupting and causing so many problems for the people of Indonesia. Say a prayer for them today...
|Hiking up a volcano|
|Lex and I in a beautiful rainforest|
|Lex and I hiking around Oz|
|With Stefan learning to play the dige|
Side story: I wanted to buy a digeridoo while I was there this time- that's the Aboriginal instrument made from the trunk of a tree. It makes this incredible sound when you blow into it- almost unearthly. A group of guys from Switzerland were hanging around with us a the time, and one of them- Stefan- also wanted a digeridoo. So we went shopping together and even took lessons! At one point I was blowing into my dige without much success when I just decided to entertain myself by imitating those cough drop commercials where the dude in lederhosen blows into the big pipe/horn thing and it says, "Riiiiiiicolaaaaaaa!" Remember those? So I said that into my dige and then Stefan from Switzerland says to me, "Vat did you say?" And at first I just tried to laugh it off like it was nothing, but then I thought- wait! Aren't those cough drops supposed to be from the Alps or something??? So I told him what I said- "Um... I said 'Ricola', but I don't really know what it means..." Stefan told me that ricola is a word used for herbs that are good for your throat or for when you are sick... and I totally wigged out and told him about our commercial and he told me the name of that pipe/horn thingy... it was the weirdest moment between an American girl and a Swiss guy while in Australia... so crazy...
Because... really. Good-looking Australian tour guide? Please. I could just picture all the sweet European girls on his tours swooning over his accent and I decided then and there that I was going to ignore him. Because, you know. THAT will show him. (???)
Tune in next time for croc-infested waters and near-death experiences!