So, first up...the 4th World Love train keeps on truckin' even though I am out in LA jammin' away on this new TV show I am working on. It goes a little something like this...
The photos you see are of the AWESOME little bungalow we've rented in Sembalun, Lombok, Indonesia--it's gonna be the site of the pilot project for 4th World. We're creating an all access English School/Community Center in the village. Of course all classes are free and we're gonna spend the next month or so getting the place re-vamped for start of the Fall session of English classes.
For Phase 1, we're going to paint the EXT. and the INT, plus clean the yard up. Load in some furniture, get school supplies, etc....you know, basically get the joint sorted out. The gate is about to become a dusty peacock blue and the walls inside are gonna be splashed a brilliant shade of yellow. It's wild, I've been taking photos of houses in LA (to the stunned face of some owners) and emailing them to my bud Am in Indo--he's helping coordinate this whole big deal. So exciting and fun and amazing.
It's so funny...when I was there and we were scouting out the bungalow, Am was like, "Oh...great! We can park our mopeds under the awning!" and I was like, "Ummm, that's an outdoor terrace my boy! Movies-in-the-park-style." I can't wait to see it all come together over the next few months -- it literally makes all the madness in life worth it just to see the excitement flutter about the village. To know that they know that someone CARES. Nothing else makes my heart quite that full, you know?
The website should go live soon, too. Expect mad updates in the coming weeks as details emerge. I mean, between this project and the boat, the MST world is straight up bliss. And, seriously take a look at that view--that's the baby mountain in Sembalun and if you look at the pic of the street, you'll see Mt. Rinjani (remember that volcano I trekked?) kickin' it in the background.
And, for those of you who dig it--we will start accepting short-term and long-term volunteers in the Spring of 09. Think hard, an expedition like that might just change your life...and you've only got one.