King Boko Ruins

Written by: Sri Lestari If someone were to ask me about the best historical places to visit in Yogyakarta, Borobudur and Prambanan are certainly the first things that would come to mind. However, on my recent visit, I was enchanted by dozens of other places as well. One of the places I never thought of was King Boko ruins. My actual plan was to see nearby attractions the first day I arrived. So, I thought Prambanan had to be a good choice as it only took 25 minutes to travel there from where I was staying. When trying to buy a ticket for my Prambanan adventure, the…

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Lost in Art

Becoming an art aficionado, or even an artistic person, has never been a goal in my life. Since my early childhood, I was not inclined to artistry, despite the fact that my grandfather was a very talented artist with the ability to draw as good as Picasso. The one and only artistic memory I’ve ever had was of a drawing competition in kindergarten where I successfully brought home a certificate stating that I was one of the most enthusiastic participants. I have saved it and proudly take it with me to Russia, by the way. After a long time of having little to do with art, I…

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Feeling Under the Weather in Russia

Spring is always inspiring and invigorating. During the springtime our body starts to react differently. It's as if the energy that was previously “boiled away” during the winter suddenly rose to its peak. The brighter the sun shines, the happier we feel. The greener the grass, the more itchy feet we have. It’s just too hard to stay at home working like a dog when it is too sunny to be true outside, isn’t it? What we want to do is just sit in the sun, lying on the grass and sipping some coke as company. We don’t even care that the wind might still be as…

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Proses Pengurusan Visa Turis

Seperti mayoritas negara pada umumnya, Rusia juga menyediakan berbagai jenis visa yang bisa kita ajukan, mulai dari visa turis, visa kerja, hingga visa undangan. Proses pengurusannya juga tidak sesulit negara-negara bervisa lainnya. Dokumen yang diperlukan juga tidak setebal disertasi untuk S3. Jadi, selain nggak bikin abang-abang tukang fotokopi kaya, proses pengurusan visa ke Rusia juga nggak bikin kita botak dalam seketika. Sebelum mengajukan visa ke kedutaan, agaknya kita perlu bahas lebih dulu jenis-jenis visa, yang ditawarkan Rusia. Visa Turis Durasi visa turis di Rusia umumnya sama seperti negara lain, yaitu 30 hari. Nggak lebih, nggak kurang, dan nggak boleh nawar. Tapi, ada satu perbedaan yang amat mencolok…

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Suomenlinna or Sveaborg?

To be honest, right after I planned to write this post, I found out that Finland and Sweden are also archipelago countries. That was a shame to say, but then again I looked for a justification: during my time at school, they didn’t mention anything about Scandinavian countries. We focused our geography learning around Asia, a bit of Europe, and a chunk of Australia and America. We never learned any Scandinavian history, we just know that the capital city of Finland is Helsinki while Sweden’s is Stockholm. As an archipelago country, it was a big task for me to choose the most interesting one to visit. After…

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