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08 Sep 10

Well, here we are in Indonesia. Finally.

Getting here was an adventure. We arrived a month late, after endless rounds of phone calls, paperwork, and wondering if the proper documents would ever be approved.

In order for us to travel to Indonesia, I needed to obtain two documents in particular – one granting approval for my research, the other for my teaching. My Fulbright is a hybrid – five months conducting research on Alfred Russel Wallace, a British naturalist who spent 8 years here in the mid-1800s, and five months teaching at Universitas Padjadjaran in Bandung. So I can’t stay here on just one visa, like tourists or other folks. I needed to go through twice the paperwork. And basically, that’s what slowed things up. So we arrived a month late.

But now we’re here, the blog is set up, and I hope to start posting comments with some regularity now. So check back periodically for more.

(And by the way, don’t the kids look great in their Batik outfits? We were invited to a wedding, and were told that proper dress involves wearing batik – so we did)


  1. Tim Jones October 23, 2010 at 2:14 am Reply

    Hey, Dale, I will attempt to subscribe to the RSS feed so I can get your posts when you update this site. I will read your posts if you read mine! (tee hee). Can’t wait to read all about your adventure. – Tim

  2. Jared October 25, 2010 at 10:57 pm Reply

    Saw report of 7.5 quake of Indonesian coast. You guys okay?

    • admin October 28, 2010 at 9:08 pm Reply

      Hi Jared… thanks for the concern. All is well. The tsunami and quake hit the next major island to the west, Sumatra. The volcano Merapi, which just erupted again today, is closer – 450km or so away, or abut an 8 hour drive. It hasn’t affected us, but the kids have had the week off so we thought about driving closer to see it. We opted instead to go to a local volcano today – Tangkuban Prahu. Once the kids are back in school, I can start catching up on blog postings and I hope to write more on the visit.

  3. David Berelsman October 29, 2010 at 6:18 pm Reply

    Hi Dale… we are following your exciting adventure with great interest !

  4. Ron Brindle November 9, 2010 at 9:29 pm Reply

    And the latest news about your Indonesian adventure is…..?

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