On Thursday, we met the Vice Ambassador to Indonesia, or “Ted” as he introduced himself. No big deal, right? He stopped in Palembang to see Sampoerna Academy. He told us about the American Embassy and how it is their goal to increase exchange between Indonesia and the US. He was pleasantly surprised to meet us (especially to hear we were from Iowa State) because he had no idea we were here. One thing he mentioned is that Putra Sampoerna (the founder of our foundation) has negotiated a deal with Iowa State University so that students from Indonesia may be eligible for in-state tuition if they choose ISU. Pretty cool, right? Anyway, the highlight of his visit was a traditional Palembangese dance performed by 5 students. Many regions in Indonesia have traditional dances. You may have heard of Balinese (from Bali) dancers as they are the most famous. I wish I had video to post, but you’ll have to make do with pictures.