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”
My big trip has finally begun with The Netherlands or Holland as my first stop. The view from the sky (aeroplane) gave me impression that the country was a well organised country with lots of green area and good irrigation. Landed at Schipol airport, Amsterdam, I could not wait to take train to go to Wageningen to meet and stay with a good friend of mine for two days. As expected, the airport and train station was neat and tidy with clear signs to follow. Although English is not Holland’s first language, everyone here speak very good English. The people were very friendly and always willing to help a visitor like me. I got through the immigration without any problem and soon found the train to take and the way to the platform. The helpful signs and friendly Netherlanders gave me immediate fondness towards the place. Perhaps because I am Indonesian raised with Dutch influence due to our country connection.
I loved the view from the train; lots of green paddocks with good irrigation and cows in it. Arriving at Ede-Wageningen train station, I looked for a bus that would take me to my friend’s place. Perhaps because of pity (or kindness) seeing an Asian girl carrying a big backpack, the driver gave me a free ride to my destination. Being one of the student cities, it has diverse student accomodation. My friend lived in a studio which actually is a room in a big metal container. Nonetheless, it was very cosy and the window let us star gaze in clear night sky! Continue reading “Netherlands – Ede Wageningen”