I made it to Palangkaraya, Central Borneo on July 8, 2013 after 3 days of traveling, including 4 flights. It was nice to finally get into a bed. I was hoping for a shower, but don't have access to one of those yet! I came here after accepting a position teaching English at the Golden Christian School. I was looking for something different, after being unemployed for 3 years back at home, and looking for an adventure. Needless to say, I think I found it. I haven't started school yet. It actually starts tomorrow (my 31st birthday!). I'm very nervous. I've never taught before but I don't think it will be as bad as my imagination is making me think it will be....
The other day I went on my first jungle excursion. It was really incredible and beautiful. I took quite a few pictures while I was out. We started at the Kahayan Bridge. After shooting some pics there I was taken about 30 minutes outside of the city to a sacred Hindu site called Batu Banama, which translates to "A rock with a name". This is where families place the bones of their relatives into these little huts.
I was then taken to a little village just up the road from there where they still sift through the river looking for gold. You can see these big gold sifters in the third picture in the sixth row. The last few pics I took after hopping out of the car in random spots. I'm hoping to get to see some orangutans next weekend and do some more exploring.
Thanks for stopping by. Keep checking in for more pictures and stories. Feel free to leave a comment. Not many people here speak English so it would be nice to have some form of communication with people.