Throughout our Southeast Asia travels, I have started to become immune, where I am not phased by much anymore. All the little things that used to cause annoyance or stress now feel all too normal. It is almost like all my expectations get viewed through a different lens of sorts.
I love Southeast Asia. Each country is a whole different experience. Everyday is it’s own unique adventure.
Traveling around this part of the world has introduced us to all new things. It has been an incredible journey, where we now have become almost immune to noticing much at all. The never ending stares, un-named foreign foods, giant bugs, and crazy heat and humidity is becoming all too normal now.
Sija, Indonesia is a small village located in Central Sulawesi. From Palu, Indonesia, it was a six hour car ride, followed by a forty-five minute hike to get to this village. We carried up what we could on our backs, and hired a motorbike to bring up the rest.
We had an amazing time in Indonesia. In fact, it’s the country we’ve spent the most time in during our trip, so far. Here are some fun Indonesian quirks we observed during our time there.
- Brightly colored cars, buildings, fences, houses, anything really. It is common to have brightly painted walls of different colors throughout a home, such as purple, green, etc.
I distinctly remember driving around, seeing fully pink cars, blue buildings, and bright green living room walls, just to name a few.
- The distinctive smell of clove cigarettes everywhere, and the seemingly high percentage of men smoking them.
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I will admit that my idea started with a photograph. I cannot remember where I initially saw the backdrop of Mt. Bromo, and it doesn’t really matter. My point is that this is potentially the first time that I was influenced to visit a place based solely on a picture.
Travel days are exhausting, and can at times, be painfully miserable and long. This goes without saying for a backpacker with a do-it-yourself type of mentally. I desire the freedom and options to choose where I go and what I do. But sometimes opting to do things myself, rather than through a tour or group, can lead to heavy punishment in the end.
The day before our long, random night in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, we attended a couch surfing meetup. I am unsure if we were interested in learning more about couchsurfing in general at that time or curious to meet the active couchsurfing individuals themselves.
We attended our first couch surfing meetup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Since we have never attended this type of gathering before, we did not know what to expect.