One of the most exciting moments thus far is Site Announcement (or site revealing as I like to call it). What is it? Well it is the awesome moment when you discover where you will be living and teaching for the next two years of your life. Kind of a big deal. They call us one by one to tell us where we are going to be going, sitting there waiting and waiting was a tad bit stressful. I knew very well that I wanted to be in Java Barat (West Java). Finally my name was called out, I walked to the front of the gym to grab my packet and discover where I was heading. Your girl got JAVA BARAT! I read the name of my region, the simple packet of information contained, a map with my location, a photo of my host family(one grandmother), a photo and general information about my school, some contact information, and other quick descriptions of my area. This packet stated REGION: GARUT. Garut, what is that? Do you eat it with rice? Well it turns out that Garut is the name of my province! Right underneath the city of Bandung, about a 2hr 30min ride south. Of course I quickly googled Garut, and well based on Google I was beyond excited. It was a small city, I was supposed to be in the outskirt village areas of this city named, Sucinaraja that is located in between mountains and stratovolcanoes. Google said that there are also hot springs and beautiful views on hiking trails and retreat areas. Well lets do this! When do I leave? Well right after site announcement it was time to rush home because well I would leave the next day for a site visit to my future home for 4 days. 14 hour train ride plus 3 hour bus ride…here I come.
You see that little dot in Garut, well that is the Ibukota (Capital of Garut) and I am a 20 minute drive to the city center. Pretty sick huh? Wish me luck for this journey! Will let you all know how it turns out.