I had a dream last night that a friend and I attempted to climb a mountain. It was going to take two days. We didn’t have enough food, and we started late and low on energy. At one point, we were discouraged from going farther by three men feeding a bunch of baby coyotes on a tennis court. I woke with an eerily familiar feeling. I recognized it from the time I failed to climb to the top of the second highest point in Indonesia, Mt. Rinjani. It was all the same as it had been in the dream, everything but the baby coyotes. Continue reading
This is a link to Indonesia’s online ticketing website. It’s the easiest way to get train tickets in Indonesia. If the site is not already in English, you can change the language with the flag in the upper right corner. You can also book hotels and flights and check out rental cars on this site.
I didn’t know anything about Indonesia before we bought our flights and landed in Jakarta. My partner just kept mentioning volcanoes, one by the name of Bromo in particular. And Bali, of course we would go to Bali. I learned quickly enough, though, that Bali and Bromo are by no means the sole attractions to this country of more than 17,000 islands. Continue reading
The food in Indonesia was some of my favorite. The local food was pretty simple but very flavorful, and so cheap (less than a dollar for a serious meal). These cafes are a bit like buffets. They stack plates of food on top of one another in the window, they give you a plate of rice and you point out what you want. Continue reading
Here are some of the cool accommodations I stayed in in Indonesia–from Jakarta to Bali. Continue reading