I've been very fortunate to fulfill my passion for traveling in my life. Here's a map of all the places I can remember having visited. Most have been in the last couple of years. I only labeled the main places I've visited in Michigan, but I've pretty much been everywhere in the mitten!
Upon hearing I received an amazing opportunity to visit Indonesia, I started to think... wow, this is so different from my experience visiting Germany. While Germany I was able to list many relevant pieces of information pertaining to its rich culture and history, I'm left with an almost blank slate regarding visiting Indonesia. Coming in with very little information is actually a great benefit as no preconceived assumptions will have taken place. If I had to say three things that I know about Indonesia, they are very, very basic.
1. They have the highest Muslim population in the world (almost under the radar since most people don't think of Indonesia as having a high Muslim population, they often think of a place in the Middle East or South West Asia.
2. Indonesia is a country that is an archipelago. They have many, many islands in the South Eastern Hemisphere.
3. The country of Indonesia has the 4th largest population in the world. This too is surprising as it as well I feel is under the radar with this. Possibly it's because we don't hear about the country in the news as often as compared to other countries. This I must admit I cheated as I believe I found this out after the fellowship.
About Matthew Cottone
Experience the World! This is my creed I bring to my classroom and my life. I'm a World Studies teacher at Van Hoosen Middle School and I have a passion for learning and experiencing the world.