Read my Amsterdam visit and tips for travelling in Amsterdam here.
Although The Netherlands is a great place to bike to go from one city or town to another, I chose to take train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam. Differ from the big city Amsterdam, Rotterdam is much quieter city. The city has modern architecture and beautiful harbour. Unfortunately, the museums there were not opened on Monday; that limit my adventure in Rotterdam. Markthal was my favourite place where they sold local Dutch delicacies such as warm stroopwafel, raw herrings, all kind of sausages, bread, Dutch cheese, poffertjes, Dutch meatballs and so many other delicious food. The French weed smoker I met in the hostel told me that the quality of weed in Rotterdam is so much better than Amsterdam and sold for cheaper price.
The idea of Backpacking is not common for Indonesian. We generally travel with organised tour from our country. Perhaps because of the language barrier that makes it so much more convenient to have a guide who can explain about the visited place in their native language and enable them to enjoy what the place can offer. Indonesian is the sole official language in Indonesia and spoken by over 200 million of its population. Only small percentage of the people speak English. Somehow I can see a job opportunity for me there; being travel guide for Indonesian!
Another thing to note is the difficulty of travelling with Indonesian passport. There are institution that rank the world passport mainly based on their value and their power of taking their citizen to other countries without VISA. US, UK, some countries in Western Europe, Australia and NZ are some countries on the top of the rank. Indonesia is close to the bottom of the rank. Which means I have to apply for VISA to most places I want to visit. And who likes the process of applying for VISA? Does it make me feel discontent of being Indonesian citizen? Continue reading “Backpacking as Indonesian with Indonesian Passport”