Tuesday, January 27, 2009

My moment before the cameras

Right, there's the story. Just got back home after four days away. I went to join my husband in Yogyakarta in central southern Java, Indonesia. He flew in from Perth, and joined up with his university colleagues for a seminar at the Islamic University. I went basically to see Java for the first time - ridiculous, I know, but forty plus years based in Malaysia, and I had never been to Java. Yogya is just over two hours flight away.I was particularly interested in Borobudur (spelled, alike Yogyakarta, in numerous ways) and yesterday that was where I was. What I didn't count on was being a sort of celebrity... Poor husband, he was ignored while I was feted.
It seems that having your photo taken with someone who is obviously exotic is a cool thing to do for a start, but just to make it even more imperative, at least one school - maybe more - sent their students off to interview native-English speakers for their exams. All this meant I was in great demand, which was enormous fun. At least the conversation was. Not so sure about all those photos...
The students were delightful and made me regret that I no longer teach teenagers...
And of course, there was the wonderful backdrop of Borobudur. More about that tomorrow...

3 comments:

Satima Flavell said...

Gorgeous buildings!

Jo said...

Funny I hadn't looked at the buildings until you mentioned it Satima. I was interested in all the kids with Glenda. They all looked such nice kids with lots of smiles. Did they know you are an author Glenda?

Glenda Larke said...

I did give my card to one group, Jo...and told them to visit my blog to see photos of themselves.

More photos of Borobudur coming up, Satima...