Day with a Bule
A bule (boo-lay) in Indonesia is a foreigner, specifically a white person. It was probably first used during Dutch colonial rule and may have had a negative connotation, but it is pretty much used for white person now. We enjoyed an event hosted by our language school yesterday meant to invite Indonesians, especially English students, to interact with the bule in town, mainly those of us associated with the school. In addition to our family there is another couple at the school studying Indonesian, then there are several bule teaching English there, and we have a group visiting from the US right now. So there were plenty of bule to talk to at the event.
Participants were divided into four teams of about six locals and several bule. Our teams did some activities to learn each others' names and then we did a scavenger hunt in the mall and then some more games on the beach. The weather was somewhat cooler than usual which was great (and not pouring rain like the night before!). We hope the event let more people in town know about the possibility of studying English with a foreigner that the school offers as well as was a fun event for all the participants and built their English ability since we (mostly...) interacted in English.
|Morgan, Samuel and I are in this photo - somewhere (I think Samuel is actually hiding). I am below and to the right of the person holding the little banner.|