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Photo by Celia Mitchell (2015/16 Semester Photo Contest Entry), Indonesia Semester.


Hey squad,

Yasmine and Woodsie here checking in- we are having a great time in Jogja. We have now been in homestays for 3 nights and the families have been so nice and accommodating.

My house (Yasmine) is home to my ibu and bapak (mom and dad) and their 12 and 15 year old daughters and 2 year old baby boy, Rishki. We also live with our grandparents. It’s so fun having so many people in the house and getting to play with the kids- I’ve taught them to make friendship bracelets and we cook with the grandma.  Tonight I will attend a Javanese wedding party with my grandma and as it is tradition to wear a hijab, I will borrow one of my ibu’s.

In the Woodsie household we bump Dr. Dre and play hacky sack. I live with my ibu and bapak and three lil boys. This weekend we plan on going for a bike ride and I’ll go fishing. It’s been great to start to use my Indonesian and try and make fun conversation with the family even if I don’t know what’s going on half the time.

We are super excited for the next 2 months and are taking advantage of every day here. Kita merindukan keluarga kita! (We miss our families!). Love u mommy and daddy and Gigi and Zoe – xo Yasmine

+ Hope everyone’s doing well at home, thinking of you all. Love you and miss you – Woodsie