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.
I met eye to eye orangutans in Borneo island (Kalimantan)
Couple days in a jungle, living in a boat, meeting wild monkeys, birds, other animals and of course orangutans – was experience that I will never forget.
I took selfie (never before I did that)
It was on motorbike, when I was bringing mattress on my back to first home in Yogyakarta, Java island.
I learned how to drive automatic scooter
Driving scooter in Indonesia it means – I can drive now scooter anywhere in the world.
I tried trekking to a volcanoes
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 bath” under the waterfall and was walking in the volcano crater
It was in Dieng Plateau, Java island. Never before I saw the waterfall and volcano crater in real. What to say about bathing under the waterfall? It was a powerful feeling.
I tried sandboarding in “grey” sand beach Parangtritis
Never before I try snowboarding, so experience with sandboarding 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 the 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 fruit”), “jambu” (“guava”), “buah naga” (“dragon fruit”), soursop (“sirsak”) and many others.
I try scuba diving first time ever
I really scared to be in deep water places so this experience was one of the biggest challenges for me but I faced my fears 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 a 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 have 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 to Indonesia as well.
I was walking on the black sand beach
First I saw the grey sand beach in Yogyakarta, Parangtritis beach but soft black sand I enjoyed in Bali, Tulamben beach. When all my life I saw only yellow beaches, see black – something unreal.
I try rafting
I’m quite scared of all water activities but I wanted to try rafting. I did it in Bali when the rainy season started. And it wasn’t so dangerous, even more, easier than I thought.
I had the unique experience
I participate in Balinese sacred purification ritual which aimed to purify a human body and soul in order to prevent havoc, bad luck and sickness (also achieve self-purification).
One of my dreams come true
I always wanted to see dolphins in their natural surrounding and I did it, in Lovina, Bali.
I started to write articles and blogging
I’m willing to add more things in the future to this “first time in life – in Indonesia” list.
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- Have you tried something for the first time in Indonesia?
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- What you would like to try in Indonesia?
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