The Holidays

Today was officially my first day of “break” or as the kids call it – “freedom.” I had a teacher’s workday yesterday so it meant all day at my desk grading and doing inventory. It was eerily quiet at work which actually made it hard to… work. I’m so used to working with ever-present chatter that silence was more of an inconvenience.

But today was a morning with no work, and a day I designated to just relax. So obviously I made plans to go running at 6:30 in the morning.

And that – was not the greatest idea. When a couple of my friends said “running in the morning” I assumed it would be at 10AM… or maybe 11 if I was really lucky. But no, we began running at 6:30 and I got home still bright and early at 9.

Still unsure of why I made that decision, but we did pick a great day to run. Most mornings here are foggy and gray (especially now that it’s rainy season) – but this morning was oddly clear. We could even see up to Mount Semeru, puffing away.

(photo credit)

Of course, we didn’t see it from this close (or this high…) but it was definitely better than running on a treadmill and staring at a wall like I normally do. I think I take for granted this country I’m living in and the sights it has to offer. I’m hoping to use this holiday season as a time to explore this area some more, and soak it all in. But probably not at 6:30 in the morning, thank you very much.

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