Coffee n cookies (at Mrs. Fields)

Coffee n cookies (at Mrs. Fields)

Three weeks until Hong Kong Disneyland!!!!!! How am I preparing for it? By buying all the cheap unlicensed Mickey and Minnie accessories I can get my hands on! #disneyland #dreamscometrue

Three weeks until Hong Kong Disneyland!!!!!! How am I preparing for it? By buying all the cheap unlicensed Mickey and Minnie accessories I can get my hands on! #disneyland #dreamscometrue

Fanning the flames. You’d think this village would have a kiln since their main industry is pottery, but instead, they fire the clay by stacking it a pile of burning straw. #indonesia

Fanning the flames. You’d think this village would have a kiln since their main industry is pottery, but instead, they fire the clay by stacking it a pile of burning straw. #indonesia

"What a relief!" part 2 #borobudur #indonesia

"What a relief!" part 2 #borobudur #indonesia

Village life. Many villages have a single product that all of the residents contribute to making, and then they can barter with other villages. This village’s industry was tofu and tempeh, which are always present in Indonesian cuisine, and we got to visit a house where a local woman taught us how they make these wonderful soybean delights. The food preparation equipment was right in her home, and she invited us in to sit on the floor and wrap soybeans in banana leaves—after a day of fermentation, it’ll be ready to sell to other villages throughout the region so they can fry it up into “tempe goreng.” This is my favorite food, and I’m glad I got to see how it’s made! #indonesia

Village life. Many villages have a single product that all of the residents contribute to making, and then they can barter with other villages. This village’s industry was tofu and tempeh, which are always present in Indonesian cuisine, and we got to visit a house where a local woman taught us how they make these wonderful soybean delights. The food preparation equipment was right in her home, and she invited us in to sit on the floor and wrap soybeans in banana leaves—after a day of fermentation, it’ll be ready to sell to other villages throughout the region so they can fry it up into “tempe goreng.” This is my favorite food, and I’m glad I got to see how it’s made! #indonesia

I spy, with my little eye, Borobudur Temple. Do you see it among the mist and trees?

I spy, with my little eye, Borobudur Temple. Do you see it among the mist and trees?

Village life. The morning market—usually women are the shoppers, and they go every morning to haggle for the food supplies they’ll need to cook for the day. #indonesia #java

Village life. The morning market—usually women are the shoppers, and they go every morning to haggle for the food supplies they’ll need to cook for the day. #indonesia #java

Adventures in Yogyakarta
Merapi translates to “Fire Mountain.” It’s the most active volcano in Indonesia. The last big eruption was a few years ago, but it’s still spewing smoke almost constantly. It can be seen from miles around, and it made an excellent backdrop for the sunrise on both of the morning tours that Josh and I have been on.

Adventures in Yogyakarta

Merapi translates to “Fire Mountain.” It’s the most active volcano in Indonesia. The last big eruption was a few years ago, but it’s still spewing smoke almost constantly. It can be seen from miles around, and it made an excellent backdrop for the sunrise on both of the morning tours that Josh and I have been on.

"What a relief!" part 1 #borobudur #indonesia

"What a relief!" part 1 #borobudur #indonesia

Temple shenanigans. #borobudur #indonesia

Temple shenanigans. #borobudur #indonesia

Adventures in Yogyakarta

Josh and I woke up at 3:30 in the morning. Our lovely guide drove us to Menorah Hill, where she sat us down and served us coffee as we watched the sun rise over Mount Merapi. Borobudur Temple is somewhere down there, surrounded by jungle and mist.

The sun had gone down. It was late Friday night, And we sat in our house, Wishing for a quick bite.
I sat there with Josh. We sat there, we two, And I said, “How I wish We had something to chew!”
No snacks in the fridge and No money for food. And we thought instant ramen Was sounding quite good.
We put on the kettle— Made some noodles and tea. And when we sat down again, What did we see?
Why, our data was gone, We needed to reload. For now, no more Internet In our humble abode.
So I got out my iPod And opened the Nook. I nibbled my noodles While reading my book.
For food or for web, There was no cash in sight. So I sat here like this On that hot, humid night.

The sun had gone down.
It was late Friday night,
And we sat in our house,
Wishing for a quick bite.

I sat there with Josh.
We sat there, we two,
And I said, “How I wish
We had something to chew!”

No snacks in the fridge and
No money for food.
And we thought instant ramen
Was sounding quite good.

We put on the kettle—
Made some noodles and tea.
And when we sat down again,
What did we see?

Why, our data was gone,
We needed to reload.
For now, no more Internet
In our humble abode.

So I got out my iPod
And opened the Nook.
I nibbled my noodles
While reading my book.

For food or for web,
There was no cash in sight.
So I sat here like this
On that hot, humid night.

When our Balinese driver found out that Josh and I are teachers, he insisted on making a detour to see our god. Thus we were introduced to Saraswati, goddess of wisdom and knowledge. #tbt #bali #indonesia

When our Balinese driver found out that Josh and I are teachers, he insisted on making a detour to see our god. Thus we were introduced to Saraswati, goddess of wisdom and knowledge. #tbt #bali #indonesia