What do you picturize in your mind whenever you think about Indonesia? Is it the decadent temples taking you back in time? Is it the delectable Nasi Goreng? Is it the rolling acres of verdant glory hyphened by enchanting landscapes, gorgeous sandy beaches or picturesque mountains? Or, is it simply about the throbbing cities bustling with activities and urban luxuries?
When we planned our first trip to Indonesia – and NO! It wasn’t Bali – we didn’t know what to expect! Our trip was planned across Bandung, Jakarta, and Tasikmalaya in West Java and covered a healthy dosage of ‘vitamin sea’, verdant plains, rolling mountains playing hide-and-seek with cotton-ball clouds, and magical landscapes with hot springs and crater lakes. We also had the opportunity of covering the grand temple of Borobudur at the last leg of our trip. But trust me, when I look back at this trip taken with my friends, I just remember nothing but a series of misadventures and happy smiles that culminated in making this one of the most memorable and loved ones of my life.
But ‘misadventures and happy smiles’ – bit of an oxymoron, isn’t it? Let me explain. Indonesia was one of the first trips that we had taken from Singapore and we wanted it to be a bit unplanned – much of a backpacking trip of sorts. But little did we know that backpacking, too, needed a plan and it wasn’t our cup of tea. From missing many a buses to getting lost at the dead of night in the middle of nowhere to travelling in a scooter that had break failure – we saw it all together. However, the reason we are finally here unharmed and writing this story full with positive vigour are the sweet, generous and extremely helpful people of Indonesia. They are the kindest, let me tell you. Otherwise, who would help a bunch of strange guys coming out of nowhere asking for help? And who would go an extra mile to make a cup of coffee at night and give a set of clothes each to five strangers from a different land? Indonesia, take a bow! 🙂
Whenever I look back at this trip, trust me, more than the gorgeous scenery, the innocent smiles of the people is what I miss more. And with this, I long to be in this country once again, perhaps on a longer vacation this time, perhaps just choosing one place at a time this time and engulf in more wonderful conversations with the cherubic people this time. Till then, so long! 🙂