In the Heat of Summer Sunshine

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Time goes by, now I'm already back in Indonesia for good. I was tidying up hundreds of picture that were left untouched, when I realized that some of it are quite nice. I know that it's almost winter now but I feel that I don't want these pictures stay in my hard drive forever. I just had the busiest months (dissertation, viva presentation, packing, and moving out) before I went back home. Now that I have lots of time to breath and write, a little throwback to summer wouldn't hurt.

Summer means lavender blooming season! It's a time when you can go outside, enjoy the sunshine with your beloved ones, and take a pictures in the sea of purple. If you're around London, you can visit Mayfield Lavender Park which is still accessible by using the Underground and bus. The entrance fee is only 1 pound per person. 

Prague: A Love (and Mostly) Hate Relationship

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Praha terkenal banget sebagai salah satu kota yang romantis. Berdasarkan foto dan testimoni para netizen di dunia maya, terbentuk bayangan kalau kotanya bakal syahdu macam Edinburgh gitu. Didasari rasa penasaran dan tiket pulang murah ke London dari Praha, berangkat lah saya ke sana sebagai tujuan terakhir di rangkaian perjalanan Eurotrip di musim panas kemarin. Yang namanya jalan-jalan pasti ada enak dan ga enaknya. Mungkin keliatannya dari foto-foto yang dipajang di socmed cuma keliatan senang-senangnya aja, tapi kali ini saya mau cerita bagian kurang senangnya.

Hallstatt

Friday, November 3, 2017


I'm always easily attracted by the images of small villages surrounded by nature. That kind of places always win when I decided my next holiday destination. The postcard view material: greeny picturesque hills, quite lake, and peaceful villages were the reasons why I decided to visit Hallstatt in the first place.

Salzburg

Friday, September 8, 2017

I could hardly catch my breath after arriving in Sloterdijk station in Amsterdam. I should have listened to Riwe and Haris, who suggested me to catch a bus to go to the station, instead of riding the bicycle. But, riding the bicycle gave me more flexible time as I still wanted to stay at their house longer to play Uno game. That day was the first day of Eid Fitri, which we celebrated by cooking Indonesian food (me and Riwe cooked opor ayam, rendang, and sambal goreng ati that day), and inviting few friends to come along to eat and chat, such an intimate celebration in the faraway land from home. Little did I know that the station is quite far from their house, especially for a foreigner standard who does not really used to ride a bike everywhere like people in Netherland.

When we arrived, the bus that will brought me to Salzburg has not been arrived. I was relieved, although I still could feel the pain that caused by riding the bicycle too long (if you know what I mean). Couple minutes before we were still rushing to the station and I was bit afraid that the bus will left me. I can feel that all fats from rendang and opor were burning though. That was quite an exercise. Kudos to all Netherland people!

Strange statue and a giant chess-set in Salzburg.

The green Flixbus finally came. After exchanging good-byes, I boarded the bus and wanted nothing but a good sleep. The bus were packed with people. I actually prefer to ride a train, but since the cheapest option to go to Salzburg from Amsterdam is by riding the bus, I should accept the fact that I wouldn't be able to sleep properly.

So another solo journey just begun..

Hello, Brugge!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Menuju lebaran kemarin, saya 'meliburkan' diri sendiri selama 7 hari di tengah-tengah masa disertasi. Pas pamit ke supervisor, saya sih bilangnya mau mudik lebaran, ke Amsterdam. Saya bilang kalau ada sepupu saya yang tinggal di sana, dan karena Indonesia terlalu jauh, jadi saya berlebarannya bersama mereka aja. Yak, 'sepupu' yang dimaksud itu adalah Riwe, teman serumah saya waktu di Bandung dulu. Hahaha #sungkemPakTony

Saya tiba di Amsterdam 2 hari sebelum lebaran. Dan karena bingung mau main ke mana di Amsterdam, saya ajak Riwe jalan-jalan yang agak jauh. Saya bilang kalau saya pengen ke Brugge di Belgia. Tapi pas liat di peta, ternyata jaraknya lumayan jauh dan tiket keretanya mahal, jadinya kurang worth it kalo cuma untuk jalan-jalan sehari. Tapi beberapa hari kemudian Riwe bilang kalau dia nemu Blabla Car yang jalan dari Leiden ke Brugge pulang pergi di hari yang sama, cuma 19 euro PP.  Alhamdulillah berkah anak (agak) soleh yang pas Ramadan puasa 19 jam.

Belfry of Brugge
 
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