Ikdiena bildēs

This is one of the pets here. No clue what kind of bird is it, but it's voice is beautiful.

A photo posted by Ofēlija Spektore (@fromofelia) on


It turns out you have to become a teacher in a strange country to start love studying. These days I spend every free moment to read about pedagogy, English grammar, Indonesian culture and history, sailing, ecology, learn Indonesian and cram in bits of my usual psychology studies. I don’t think I have ever spent this much time studying.

You find home in the strangest places. Pergedel the Indonesian dish, tastes just like good potato pancakes should.

A photo posted by Ofēlija Spektore (@fromofelia) on


(The perks of being a teacher also include students cooking local dishes. Today I get to enjoy pergedel – a traditional Saribudolok dish, made from potatoes.)

Being a teacher also made me realize my artists talent.

A photo posted by Ofēlija Spektore (@fromofelia) on


(The spelling error- not mine and corrected seconds after the picture was made.)

So, the plan today is to go to the foot of this waterfall.

A photo posted by Ofēlija Spektore (@fromofelia) on

More pictures of Lake Toba. Because trolololololo.

A photo posted by Ofēlija Spektore (@fromofelia) on

La la la la la la la life is wonderful.

A photo posted by Ofēlija Spektore (@fromofelia) on

Making soap.

A photo posted by Ofēlija Spektore (@fromofelia) on

Oranges and chilli, wherever you go.

A photo posted by Ofēlija Spektore (@fromofelia) on

The "jogging" early in the Sunday mornings is one of my favorite things about staying here.

A photo posted by Ofēlija Spektore (@fromofelia) on

This is one of the reasons why I don't mind waiting at the airport for a little bit

A photo posted by Ofēlija Spektore (@fromofelia) on

I just held a long, complicated conversation about Russian politics, European culture, my family, volunteering and my experiences in Indonesia, all while speaking Indonesian. And I honestly feel that saying that I know 300 words in Indonesian would be an exaggeration. It was amazing and fun and hilarious and exhilarating and made my determination to learn Indonesian so much stronger.

A complete language breakdown is when you can figure out the word you are trying to say in 5 languages you don’t speak, but can’t remember it in the 3 languages you technically do speak. Bonus points if you try to write a Facebook post about it and have to weed out words from every language you have ever heard. I actually needed French – English dictionary to complete this post in Facebook, and I swear to god, I know 10 words in French even in my best days.


One thought on “Ikdiena bildēs”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *