So, how did we end up in Southeast Asia in October? It wasn’t planed too far in advance. On September 15th, Becky received an email with the subject line “help?” from Beth, the language software coordinator for Asia area. The person who was originally scheduled to lead the workshop could not attend because of a relapse in his wife’s health. Beth and Becky had worked together in the summer of 2008 at the University of North Dakota on the staff of the linguistic field methods course. (This is the course that Becky led in the following two summers.) Beth knew that Becky had familiarity with the Fieldworks software and with some guidance should be able to present the material well to the audience of the upcoming workshop. What she didn’t know is that Hugh had also been working with the software and was also available to assist at the workshop. After receiving permission from our supervisors in the Americas, we prepared to teach and travel. By God’s grace and a great travel agent, we were able to get airfare at $500 under the internet advertised price for our short notice flights. It was indeed a long trip and a huge time zone adjustment, but things at the workshop went well. It was a fulfilling time – seeing new places, meeting new faces and gaining new experiences. All this travel does take a toll. Please pray for our health and strength. And for wisdom in planning upcoming trips.
This was Hugh’s first visit to Asia. Many of the language groups participating in the workshop were familiar by name to Hugh because of his previous linguistic work on Austronesian languages. It was also his first chance to try some Asian fruits. Becky insisted that he try durian.
Durian is kind of structured like a pomegranate on the inside but has pointy things on the outside, smells like Liquid Augmentin, feels to the tongue like over steamed cauliflower, can be thrown like a hand grenade, and it stays on your breath for two days.