Both my palms are a bit sweaty. Damn. I didn’t know that I’ll be this nervous, jumping from a cliff. Bilal, our guide, said that the height is just a few meters, but I don’t believe him. Einstein was wrong: Not only time is relative; space is also relative, at least for me right now. I look at the river below me. The water is calm, but has many big stones near the cliff. I have to try to jump far away from the cliff if I don’t want to hit the stones. Perfect. Continue reading “Ready, Set, Jump!”
A wise man once said: “Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself”
It is difficult to know people’s true nature, some people said you’ll only know the true nature of a man when you put him in a crisis. What he’ll do? What he won’t do? How will he do it?
Continue reading “The Hidden Part of You”
“Walking through this quiet neighborhood
Starlight dyes me fleeting blue
silence plays the midnight broken beats
see the world is passing by
and I feel so free…”
— the Band Apart, Stereo
I was just waking up from my nap when I felt so hungry. I looked at my watch and got surprised when I realized it’s already 10 PM. Damn, I overslept… I wasn’t feeling well that time, that’s why I decided to took a quick nap. But still, when you’re traveling alone in another continent, you’d want to explore every new city you’ve came to, right? Felt like I’ve wasted a good sunny day to stroll around the city.
They said that Sunday is the day to take a good rest after a week of hard works. It was no different here in Rennes, France. I didn’t see much people since I arrived here at noon, only a few café were open. Felt a bit better after my nap, I decided to go outside to find something to eat.
As I walking down the empty street, I forgot that I am hungry, quietly walk while I put my hands on my jacket pocket. It was those moment when you have the talk with yourself; those time when inspiration hits. For me, this is one of the reason why I go traveling alone. The feeling of being free. The feeling of being put in the audience seat, watching from afar, taking a rest from the game of Life. The feeling of your mind getting clearer.
Have you ever feel so distant, yet feel so alive?
When you are traveling alone, whether you are a guy or a girl, safety should be your number one concern. Research beforehand about places where you’ll gonna be, and how’s the situation and the culture. Pay attention of what to do and what you mustn’t do according to local customs and laws.
I honestly prefer traveling alone than in a large, tour-guided group. That way, I can test myself whether I am strong enough, smart enough, or brave enough to explore strange lands. There are a lot of fun in traveling alone, too. At first you’ll feel lonely, no doubt about it… Especially if you usually are surrounded by good friends back home. But believe me, after a while, you’ll got used to the solitary.
You’ll hear your heart clearer, and you’ll think clearer. There’s nobody to fog your judgement, but you have to fully responsible in your action when you made a decision.
I was traveling alone when I arrived in Hualamphong station, Bangkok ,before catching a train to Nong Khai, a border between Thailand and Laos. Aside from the excitement that I was just starting my journey again, I was feeling a huge loneliness. The fact that I was alone, far away from my home suddenly hit me. I saw a group of boys in a bench, laughing together… I saw a lady, cleaning a table in the cafeteria and smile so happily when she saw a girl, maybe her daughter, coming to her and greet her with a smile… I saw two old men, sitting next to each other, smoking cigarettes, talking with a grumpy tones. Suddenly I thought, why am I doing this? Why do I go alone?
The next few hours, I was on the train, just woke up from a heavily shaky-sleeper train. My mind become clearer and suddenly I can hear my mind better. I ordered breakfast and I looked into my map, planning my route in Laos. Then I smiled, realizing the time has come for my next journey, alone…