Ambarita Central School, Lake Toba, Indonesia

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gezginruh on August 4, 2010

Dear Ian i would like especially to thank you for Ambarita photos...

Warm greetings.


Ian Stehbens on August 5, 2010

Dear ,

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.

With love,


sugarbag1 on August 5, 2010

Dear Ian. Great to hear your story about your time here teaching. Very nice to hear dear friend. Kind Regards, David

gezginruh on August 6, 2010

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

With love

Füsun K.

Ian Stehbens on August 10, 2010

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 .


gezginruh on August 16, 2010 day my dear friend...


Ian Stehbens on August 17, 2010

..and it will be most wonderful..


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Photo taken in Ambarita, Simanindo, Samosir Regency, North Sumatra, Indonesia

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