Camping was so much fun! There was sun, rain, heat, cold (it got down to the 40s!), and watching my students suffer. All those variables add up to a great break from the normal teaching schedule.
Being out of Jakarta was refreshing. My lungs got 2.5 days of clean, fresh mountain air, and my skin got UV rays, which are normally blocked out by the smog. I got a tan! The days were hot and nice, and the nights were rainy and cold–a nice change-up from the constant heat and humidity of Jakarta. For entertainment, I had my handy-dandy copy of Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince. When I wasn’t reading, I was enjoying the views of the mountainside and of my students being forced to play games in the hot sun, looking like they would rather watch a 12-hour documentary on clouds. At a few points I almost felt bad for them. Almost.
There were some negatives about this trip, though. I mentioned earlier that I enjoyed the colder temps, but at some points the sleeping bags just weren’t up to par and I was pretty cold. The food was at time questionable. I had my first experience with squat pot toilets, and the “shower” was a faucet in the bathroom (see picture). There were no handwashing sinks.
Oh, and did you know leeches can live outside of water? I didn’t either.
Apparently they can live in bushes and plants and wait for unsuspecting animals (or year 9 students) to walk by. A bunch of students got leeches on them. One student even got one inside his BELLYBUTTON! How does that even happen?!
Throughout this experience, I had a ton of fun with mine and Brady’s students. They were hilarious and I enjoyed getting to know them outside of class. They taught Brady and I how to say a bunch of useful things in Indonesian, like:
- “I am your servant”
- “I am annoying”
- “I am hopeless and have no future”