Terima Kasih Indonesia

As my exchange term here in Singapore is approaching its end, I thought it might be worth backpacking just one more time before getting sucked into the funnel of final exams. This time I went on a five day trip to Indonesia with Zhang Jing, my neighbour here in Kent Ridge Hall, and Nick Yang.

We were trying to see as much of Indonesia as possible within these five days so our schedule was really tight. Knowing how much I love bullet points, these are some of the places that we visited (in chronological order):

  • Mount Bromo, an active volcano in east Java
  • Surabaya, Indonesia's second largest city
  • Sampoerna's Tobacco Factory
  • Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple in the world
  • Yogyakarta City
  • Kraton, the palace of the Yogyakarta Sultanate
  • Jakarta, Indonesia's capital and largest city
  • University of Indonesia
  • Masjid Istiqlal, the world's third largest mosque
  • National Museum

Other "side accomplishments":

  • Took four flights in five days with four different budget airlines (Jetstar, Batavia, Air Asia and Tiger Airways)
  • Hiked up a mountain peak across from Mount Bromo to see the volcano at sunrise
  • Horseback rode up to the crater of Mount Bromo (lots of ash)
  • Rented motor bikes and drove around the villages in Borobudur
  • Attended a lecture on sequential circuits at the University of Indonesia (taught in Indonesian)
  • BONUS 1: Did not get pickpocketed!
  • BONUS 2: Stayed within budget!

During the trip, I only managed to learn the Indonesian word "terima kasih" meaning thank you. For all the great adventures that you offered me, terima kasih Indonesia.

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