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Final Thoughts: Indonesia

Indonesia was probably one of the most beautiful places we’ve visited so far. The differing topography lends itself to every type of activity imaginable and the towns amongst these natural beauties are just as interesting in their own right. The beaches are beautiful, volcanoes impressive, and temples interesting and ever present, lining almost every street along Bali. And with this vast array of temples, the towns themselves were really nice and intricate as each step provided differing architecture where offerings, wrapped in bamboo leaves, were scattered around all shops and streets at all hours of the day with incense perforating from them. We were able to experience a nice blend of everything Indonesia has to offer. We dabbled in the arts, saw performances, spent time on beaches and viewing volcanoes, and tried all of their typical foods: Gado-Gado (steamed vegetables served with fried tempeh and bean curd, covered in peanut sauce), nasi campur, es campur (similar to cendol in Malaysia), nasi goring, mi goring (fried rice and noodles), bakso, soto (both noodle and meat soups), many typical snack and street foods, suckling pig, young jackfruit in coconut milk, different curries, satays, and their famous black rice pudding dessert, just to name a few. Overall it was a great country to visit with still so much more to offer that we didn’t have nearly enough time for, and will definitely warrant a trip back. As for tourism, it was definitely aggravating at times to constantly be asked where you’re from, where you’re going, and whether you need to use their services (those three questions were asked non-stop and always in that order). From back massages, to transportation, purchasing goods to massages, and considering it was the off-season, I can’t imagine what Bali is like once the crowds flood in. We were just lucky to be there at the right time. So overall, there were a few hiccups along the way, but another successful and interesting two weeks added to our trip, but we’re both excited to be spending time in Hong Kong before our last month of travel continues. After leaving Thailand the countries we’ve visited thus far haven’t embodies that ‘Asian’ culture I was expecting since both Malaysia and Indonesian are largely Muslim, and the Philippines is very Westernized. So I’m extremely excited for our last month in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos as these three countries will surely provide me with that typical Southeast Asian experience that I’ve looked forward to. After enough time away from Thailand, while I did complain some about the people there, I’m a bit nostalgic of their culture, and for that reason I’m ready to get back to that type of environment, for now. Until next time….

Posted by STEVO1285 16:44 Archived in Indonesia

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