Dear Ian i would like especially to thank you for Ambarita photos...
There is some special stories behind this photo for me.
30 years ago my 13 year old students would begin their years geography course with a unit I called "Putting Your Feet in Someone Else's Sandals". For that unit we immersed ourselves in the culture of this place, getting to see photos and Tv footage on the life and world of the Toba Bataks. In one of our resource kits there was a recording of the children singing in this school, and that recording went with a photo of the class. Every time I heard it in those years, I would thrill to it, and usually had to go to the back of the classroom, so that I didn't embarrass my students with my tears!!
Then 10 years ago I came to this school with my own camera and tape recorder and spent a day here. That was awesome. I loved the opportunity.
This year I returned again. So much has changed in those 30 years, but so much is still the same. The people are very special, and I feel privileged to even set foot on this island! I am still putting my feet in other's sandals!
Thanks for appreciating it, even before this story was shared.
Dear Ian. Great to hear your story about your time here teaching. Very nice to hear dear friend. Kind Regards, David
Very impressive story. I felt as if i have lived it with you, as if i felt your tears.
How expressive "putting your feet in other's sandals" and how lucky i'm to meet a special friend like you
Dear David and Füsun,
Today I was not only wearing Tongan sandals but Tongan dress and sharing in a special Tongan celebration. There was almost no English, but it was special to be "tongan". Just like being able to walk in the sandals of Toba Bataks at Ambarita. When you share sandals you create many real friends, and you learn so much more and even the little each of us is able to contribute means so much more to our friends.
Thank you both for your appreciation and love!
One day we may walk together, hopefully in Turkey, dear Fü.
...one day my dear friend...
..and it will be most wonderful..
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Photo taken in Ambarita, Simanindo, Samosir, North Sumatra, Indonesia
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