Bratislava For a While

Each new year gives you a new life and, sometimes, new ideas. I couldn't agree more with this idea, as it has happened to me. With the new year, I noticed a change in the way I travel. As you have read in my previous posts (I hope), I started 2019 in a far-flung country (if we consider that I am from Indonesia). That country was Finland, and Finland stamped a generous six-month Schengen Visa in my passport. That was kind of a surprise for me—for a person from a developing country like Indonesia, getting a Schengen Visa (even for a week) was as hard as being…

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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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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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Tervetuloa Suomeen – Welcome to Finland

To bear the title of the cleanest country in the world according to the Environmental Performance Index (EPI), a project developed by Yale University and Columbia University, Finland has proven itself to be really deserving of it. As I get used to seeing rubbish scattered everywhere, along with a pile of unrecycled material in every corner of the street, or a high level of air pollution, not to mention some bed (yes, it’s a bed, for sleeping on) or other strange object floating along our river in Indonesia, Finland was like some kind of heaven to my eyes. I can’t say that Russia, where I live now, is…

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