I think Indonesia is a country of adventures and opportunities. Just you need to open eyes and heart, have a will to see, taste, discover, try new things, get out from your comfort zone and be curious.
I found out that during my stay in Indonesia some of the things I did or some of them happened first time in my life. No matter what, but all of them gave me new colors in my daily life. So, here is my list of things “first time in life – in Indonesia”:
First of all – Indonesia is the first Asian country which I visited in my life
And being in Indonesia gives me more opportunities to travel in Asia. Other Asian countries now are much closer than if I would travel from Europe.
Even if mount Merapi defeated me but at least I tried. But the second time was more successful. I went to Mt. Batur in Bali for sunrise. And even if in the trek beginning I was thinking why I do it, in the end I was happy that reached the top.
I was a “model” for the Yogyakarta sketchers community members
They wanted to practice and not every time it’s easy to find people who would like to spend their time doing nothing, just pose for a while.
I “took a bathe” under the waterfall and was walking in volcano crater
It was in Dieng Plateau, Java island. Never before I saw waterfall and volcano crater in real. What to say about bathing under waterfall? It was powerful feeling.
I tried sandboarding in “grey” sand beach Parangtritis
Never before I try snowboarding, so experience with sandborading was amazing. Just sand in the mouth when you felt down doesn’t “taste” so nice as snow. I got this opportunity while I was shooting in a video.
I celebrated New Year in October with Javanese Royal family members
New year in the middle of autumn? Something new, especially when you are invited to do that with Javanese Royal family members and have an honor to walk in a parade through the city with traditional Javanese clothes.
I eat fruits which I never tried before
Even I didn’t know that such fruits exist: “salak”(“snake fuit”), “jambu” (“guava”), “buah naga” (“dragon fruit”), soursop (“sirsak”) and many others.
I try scuba diving first time ever
I really scare to be in deep water places so this experience was one of the biggest challenges for me but I faced my fairs in Bali.
I was a witness of Ramadhan and Lebaran celebrations
I heard before a bit about Muslim main celebrations Ramadhan, Lebaran but never knew how it looks like in real. But only staying in Indonesia I had this opportunity.
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I eat cobra meat and I liked it
I tried “Burger cobra”, “Sate cobra bakar”, ”Steak cobra saus cina” and drink “Ramuan empedu cobra” (traditional medicine from cobra gall and marrow). I was celebrating 6 months living in Indonesia anniversary.
I was bitten by bee
Never in my life before nowhere I was bitten. Probably it was Indonesian style of “farewell” before my trip to Vietnam.
I drink the most expensive coffee in the world – Kopi Luwak
I got a first job offer – to be a guide in Vietnam
I never been a tour guide before, but probably my organizational skills can be used in any area. I liked it, that’s why till now I accompany people during their trips in Indonesia as well.
It’s only passed couple days after New Year celebration but 2015 is already the past. Looking back to my 2015 I can honestly say “it was crazy, adventurous, inspiring year”. I’m happy to watch all my travel photos from Asia and remember all routes, met people, stories that I had.
It’s quite hard to select only 15 photos from all trips in 2015 (I was traveling in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Norway). Like not possible all memories put to such small amount of photos but I took this personal challenge and selected :). Here they are (according to the sequence where I traveled from the beginning of 2015)!
My 2015 in 15 travel photos from Asia
#1 Peaceful time in Labuhan Haji beach, Lombok, Indonesia
#2 Intactchildren in Sa Pa, Vietnam
#3 Incredible rice paddies in Sa Pa, Vietnam
#4 Time to get lost, Halong Bay, Vietnam
#5 Wonder moments in Bukittinggi, Sumatra, Indonesia
#6 Exploring Ramadhan time in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia
#7 On the way to meet with orangutans in Borneo, Indonesia
#8 Curiosity moment for both of us in Sulawesi, Indonesia
#9 Faith time in Tirtha Empul temple in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
#10 Inspiring moment in Batu Cave, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
#11 Discovering time in Clan Jetties, Penang, Malaysia
#12 Magical moment in Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand
#13 Colorful time in Bangkok, Thailand
#14 Tasty hours in Bangkok, Thailand
#15 Bewitching place in Tanah Lot temple, Bali, Indonesia
How about you? What were your travel memories of 2015?
Wish you in 2016 travel more, meet interesting people, try new things and never stop believing in things you do! :)