In between jobs, I thought to set about trying to see more of the world. I wasn’t seeking anything in particular. I just wanted to witness other parts of the planet far from home.
A special thank you goes to my good friend Kathryn for guest-editing this blog, as well as making her usual keen-eyed observations and ever-helpful suggestions, and Susan for pointing out my typos and occasionally awkward phrases.
In the process, I also dodged dangerous sidewalks, stumbled upon a statue of Barack Obama as a boy, possibly discovered a cure for jet-lag, understood Jakarta’s rough beauty and tasted some of the world’s best coffee.
Jogyakarta — From there, I booked another one-way ticket to Jogyakarta, yet another Indonesian motorbike-laden city that served as a launching-off point for such wonders as Mount Merapi, as well as the ancient temples of Borobudur and Prambanan (among others).
Bali — I reveled in the amazing bargains of Asian airlines on my way to Bali, a tourist destination that surprised me with its seediness among its natural beauty and allowed me a cheap, self-guided motorbike tour.
Another massage, more affordable than the last …