|This terrace follows the road from our room to our school|
|Photo taken from my balcony|
|Tutik's morning class in the forest|
At school, I was graciously welcomed into my host teacher’s girls’ English class. They were meeting in the forest today. A tarp on the ground serves as the area boundaries for the class, and even though it is outside, one takes off one’s shoes to “step into the classroom.” It’s cool here. We’re at the base of a passive volcano, Welirang, so we enjoy a mountain breeze today. My student’s will be jealous of the learning environment. Since the students at this high school do not move from class to class like American students, the girls in this forest classroom are very lucky to be there for all of their classes. Ibu Tutik let me take up the whole period to talk to the girls about my home in California. I knew it was time for the next class when the chemistry teacher arrived. Three more times, in different classrooms, I shared information about my California. I was careful to explain that my California is quite different than my neighbors’ California, because we are a state populated by people from many parts of the world. Given some time to think and to get comfortable, students asked some questions as well. One thing it seems that all Indonesian students know is that our U.S. president is Barack Obama. Obama attended school in Jakarta when he was young. Perhaps I’ll get a chance to see that school before I leave the country.
|Dutch-built irrigation station|