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6 Months in 6 Minutes or Less

 

 

While I was busy not blogging, I was making the most of life in Indonesia and Thailand. From teaching Kindergarten to laying in the sun to wrecking my motorbike to staring at beautiful men, I was living right.

But, in no particular order, over the last six months…….

Bali- I made friends

An Australian, an Englishman, an American, and a Swiss-alian used a small coffee shop called Kopi Desa as their living room.

Bali- I got paid in Bananas

Mirjam and I got paid in Bananas. She taught our Kopi Desa mom how to make potato salad. I just photographed the process.

Bali- It was beautiful

The Gili Islands were beautiful.

Bali- A building watching me

A building was always watching me.

Bali- Buddha was hiding

Buddha hid under a tree.

Bali- Leo played guitar

Leo played guitar.

Bali- I met another American

I met another weird American and her name was Sarah AND I actually liked her.

Bali- These people became my family

These people became my family.

Thailand- there was a boat in Bangkok

A boat went down the river in Bangkok.

Thailand- the sun came up in Bangkok

The sun came up in Bangkok.

Thailand- I peed in this

I peed in this toilet on a shaky old train going through the mountains of Thailand.

This Australian guy hates wearing shirts.

This Kiwi disguised as an Australian dude didn’t wear shoes or a shirt…and he still got service.

Thailand- I took a selfie

I took a selfie.

Thailand- things got weird

This.

Thailand- I ate fried bugs

I ate 1 cockroach and a few grasshoppers.

Thailand- bathroom doors were wise

I got some life advice from a toilet stall door.

Thailand- a Chinese tourist were stupid

A man held a Blowfish and a Chinese tourist was a fool.

Bali- It was very pretty

There were many lily pads.

Bali- Jo and I became floating heads

Jo and I became floating heads.

Bali- there were several ceremony parades

There were many ceremonies.

Bali- I showered and peed here

I peed AND showered here.

Bali- I slept here

I slept here.

Bali- a monkey attacked Jo

A monkey stole a water bottle.

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There was a secret door.

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Roosters hung out in baskets. They would later go with my host family’s Grandfather to cock fights.

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Jo died, we took her body to a natural hot spring with us, and played Weekend at Bernies. (Jo didn’t actually die)

Bali- I road a bicycle around an entire island

Mirjam and I rode bicycles around an entire island. (it was only 7km total)

Bali- a clever pirate ship was flying above me

A sneaky pirate ship floated in the sky.

Bali- I laid in a bed with these ladies and had a martini

5 women laid in a bed on the beach and drank a martini.

Bali- I haggled with a small child

I haggled on the price of a bracelet with a 4-year-old.

Bali- I gave the boy I haggled with a high five

I gave said child a high-five.

Bali- these kids attacked me with paint

These gorgeous children attacked me with paint.

Bali- I taught kindergarten to the most gorgeous children in the world

I got bullied.

Bali- I played duck-duck-goose

I played duck-duck-goose and lost.

Bali- I taught kindergarten to the most gorgeous children in the world

I taught the most beautiful children in the world.

Bali- I taught kindergarten to the most gorgeous children in the world

No, seriously the MOST beautiful kids.

Bali- a portrait of me was drawn that resembled an ugly man with a bad mustache

A portrait was drawn of me that resembled an ugly man with a bad haircut and mustache.

Bali- another portrait of me was drawn that resembled Edward Scissorhands

Another portrait was drawn of me that resembled Edward Scissorhands.

Bali- I road on a skinny boat

I got up at 5am and took a ride on this skinny boat.

Bali- I road on a skinny boat

It was worth it.

Bali- it was worth waking up at 5am

Yep, TOTALLY worth it.

Bali- two volcanoes erupted in Indonesia while I was there

2 volcanoes erupted while I was in Indonesia….kids were going to school.

Bali- I was attacked by children with paint

Did I mention I got attacked?

Cupit BBQ- eat the best ribs in Bali, get thanked in every language, and save a life.

I ate the most amazing ribs ever prepared, got thanked in every language, and saved lives. (if you’re ever in Bali, go to Cupit BBQ)

A South African, a Swiss-alian, an Englishman, and an American walk into a bar....

I got adopted by my Bali Mum. She’s the one on the far left.

Also, a South African, a Swiss-alian, an Englishman, and an American walked into a bar….

Bali- I taught kindergarten to the most gorgeous children in the world

Also, did I mention I taught the most beautiful children in the world?

Bali- I taught kindergarten to the most gorgeous children in the world

IN THE WORLD.

Bali- things got weird

Things got weird.

Bali- a man carried some sticks

A man carried sticks.

Bali- Xmas happened

Xmas came and went.

Bali- American Thanksgiving happened thanks to my Australian and English friends

American Thanksgiving was observed thanks to my English and Swiss-alian friends.

My other Bali family

These people also became my family.

Bali-  Mirjam & I got bored and things got really weird

Volunteers got bored.

Bali- this woman rocked a huge hat

This woman rocked a GIANT hat.

Thailand- there was some dang Thai food

I ate some dang Thai food.

Thailand- a lived in a computer background

I lived in what appeared to be a giant computer background.

Thailand- I hung out with a man who possible models for romance novel coversI got to take a ride on THIS boat. Anyone who appreciates the male body appreciates this moment in my life.

fabulously awkward girl and her little brother

I returned to the US and saw my little brother.

I received a belated Xmas present

I received a belated Xmas present. (Santa brought me a Nice Jewish Guys calendar. Awesome.)

THE END.

Summary- You should be jealous of the last six months of my life.

I Didn’t Blog in Bali…not even a little.

Well, my 5 months of volunteering (and exploring and eating and loving and sunning…) has already come to an end. I’m now back in the good ole’ USofA and have begun my new life in Colorado. You may have noticed that despite what I said in a previous post, I did not keep you updated on Fabulously Awkward- village edition. I’m sorry for letting you down but life is tough, so pick yourself up and move on. As you also might have guessed, stable Internet wasn’t really part of remote village life so there’s my excuse.

I’m putting together a little Buzzfeed style list to cover all of the highlights of my adventures and- for real this time- I’ll be posting that in the next few days.

In the mean time, take a moment to appreciate the beauty of my favorite lady in the village where I lived…

Beauty, Indonesia, Bali, Village

No, seriously, take a good look at this fantastic example of a great human….

Beauty, Indonesia, Bali, Village

She’s beautiful, has excellent fashion sense, & carries her money in the giant gauge in her ear, so you know she’s a girl who doesn’t f*ck around. ON TOP OF ALL THAT, every time I would say hello to her she would immediately start going on and on to me in Balinese. Because I do not speak Balinese, I would just try my best to get a grasp of our conversations. This situation usually resulted in me responding to her in English and, despite the fact that she did not speak English, it never fazed her a bit. Who knows what all I talked about with Miss Penestanan. Who cares. Every word she spoke couldn’t have been anything less than perfection.

Beauty, Indonesia, Bali, Village

WTF Wednesday- Liz is heading off to Indonesia, India, & Beyond…(?)

Liz is going to Bali and Delhi“What did the title just imply…?” Better yet, “WTF LIZ” is probably what you, my darling readers, are thinking right now. This is supposed to be a blog about a NYC girl being weird, then she decided to go all granola and move to Denver,  and NOW the she’s heading to Asia? In a nutshell, the explanation is a combination of all those plans. First, I decided that the city that never sleeps was a bit exhausting, so I decided to spend the summer visiting my family in Arkansas and preparing for a September move to Denver. It was early-ish September that my dear friend, Angela, sent me the link to International Volunteer HQ‘s site and it was like the Universe was giving me a good, hard shove in the right direction. MomandmyNZ&Australia- Queenstown, New zealandWithin 2 days I had decided I was going to teach Kindergarten in Indonesia for 8 weeks, then backpack my way over to India and spend an additional 6 weeks teaching English in the slums of Delhi.

Woah-that was a lot to throw out there, but this really isn’t as far-fetched as you might imagine for this awkward city dweller….See, I have been wanting to volunteer since I was in college and living on my political soap box. However, because I’m not a strong enough person, I decided to not turn in my Peace Corps application and instead, dove into the real world (after a summer traveling in Europe, of course).

Paris 2009HEY, it was 2009 and the financial collapse was at its peak, so don’t judge me…or do, whatever. Anyway, after busting my butt AND getting it kicked, in New York, I realized that this “career limbo” I am currently in provides the perfect time gap I need to volunteer for a (not 2 year) stint.

So, I hope this explains how this WTF Wednesday is actually not all that WTFy after all.

Liz self photograph

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I am super excited and you should be even more excited to keep up with my blog now that SE Asia is being thrown in my messy mix!

 

Summary- Liz is going abroad to volunteer & teach English to children! Leaving for Bali on Halloween spending a couple of months, then traveling around till I find India, where I’ll be staying till early March or so…THEN I will finally, 100% be moving to Denver, CO

VISIT IVHQ.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN DO SOME VOLUNTEERING IN YOUR FREE TIME! 

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