Sunday, November 26, 2017

Local Experience in Jakarta : China Town area, Kopi Es Tak Kie, Sunda Kelapa Harbor

Quick Post :)
It was exciting to see different things 
and I experience it in my own city, nice!
July 29th, 2017

busy day at Glodok area
If you have time to explore Jakarta, where else to go? I made a blog post about What to do for One Day Trip at Jakarta with a Low Budget? before, so you might want to check that out too.

I want to share this one because personally I feel this place is so unique and interesting to try in Jakarta. Most people already visited this place but I haven't yet so when I got a chance to accompany a friend to go around Jakarta then I think I want to visit this place. The place is located at Central Jakarta and known as China Town in Jakarta. How to get there? Take Trans Jakarta (cost Rp3,500) route Blok M - Kota and get off at Glodok then walking and explore around China Town.

Itinerary Europe Summer 19D/18N (Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy and Vatican)

"We only live once so
follow your dreams and
never say never!"
- Justin Bieber
Französischer Dom at Berlin, Germany
It's finally here! The blog post where usually people will try to find or ask first about traveling which I save the best for the last :p

It took me few months to finally be able to finish my travel diaries for Europe trip, such a longer post ever! phew! Hopefully you enjoyed reading it and could feel what I feel during my Europe trip where I would be glad to share it to you and for sure it is my treasures. 

Personally, I felt I did great for my trip, starting from my preparation (check out here to see my blog post about Things to Do and Tips to Save Budget for First-Time Solo Traveling in Europe), my route for traveling where I booked multi-city instead of round trip, taking care myself before the trip and especially during the trip because I travel solo and for sure I did have lots of FUN for this Europe trip!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Europe 17/17 - Italy : Such a Sunny Day at Milan to end my Europe Trip, Grazie!!

Don't overthink about it. Just Go.

beautiful church, San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, Milan, Italy
Day 18 - Saturday, 1 July 2017

Last day already? huhu..time does fly too fast especially when you're in holiday. My flight still at 10 PM so it means I still have one day in Milan. In the morning, I accompany my friend to do weekly groceries shopping at Ipercoop Market, such an interesting thing for me since I joined what usually local people do. And mostly in Europe, they avoiding use plastic so they will usually carrying their own shopping bag because sometimes you need to pay like 0.5 euro per plastic which is quite expensive for plastic, so if you're not bring your shopping bag then either you will put all the stuff in your bag or you want to pay for the plastic.

The supermarket located quite far from center city, but my friend said the price is good in here, it's also a big supermarket and that's true. Once I entered the supermarket I feel like I should buy something in here haha. The pasta selections are very nice, and everything is cheap, how I love it! Too bad, I only can buy several things because my backpack already full already, wondering how will I packed my things later.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Europe 16/17 - Italy : From Rome to Milan, My Last Night for Europe Trip

“To travel is to live.” 
- Hans Christian Andersen
Duomo in Milan, stunning!
Day 17 - Friday, 30 June 2017

My friend already left Rome last night but I am still here, my train for Milan is at 12.20 PM this afternoon. I don't wanna go somewhere so I am just laying down at my room until check out time at 10 AM. My train will leave from Rome Termini Station, so I left my hostel and stopped by at the market to buy couple things before heading to the station. I found this Conad City Market where actually it's cheaper to buy there comparing with others market. I also tried to shop using the self service one, it's an unique experience for me.

Rome Termini is a big station and there are lot of shops inside the station. They have some brands at the station like Mango, Kiko etc. While waiting for my train I visited those stores and going upstairs to the foodcourt, sit there and waiting. Anyway in my opinion, it's quite hard to find someone speaks in English because Italian most of them speak their own language, sometimes when I already clearly ask in English, they still reply in Italy where for me seems roaming because I don't get what they mean.

Europe 15/17 - Italy : Still at Rome and Back Again to Vatican for St. Peter's Basilica!

“Travel brings power and love back into your life.”
- Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi
at Vatican City State :)
Day 16 - Thursday, 29 June 2017

Today, I woke up super late and we started our day around 11 PM from the hostel. We didn't feel so rush because we almost visited like all the main sites at Rome so no rushed for today. Our plan is go back to Vatican and go inside the St. Peter's Basilica, so from Rome Termini Metro Station, we were heading to Ottaviano Metro Station (Line A) cost 1.5 euro, then we will walk to Vatican.

Arriving at Ottaviano Metro Station and there are so many shops there, there was another Kiko store along the way then we went inside and buy couple things, they also have Free Wifi which is so cool. There are also some souvenirs shops.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Europe 14/17 - Italy : When in Rome and Vatican City (Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain)

"Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow."
Anita Desai
Fontana di Trevi, Rome, Italy
Day 15 - Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Today we are going to explore city center in Rome, I also got another travelmate where I met before in Yogyakarta so glad I can say to have a friend who knows better than us for Rome. So, finally 4 of us are going to explore this city.

From Rome Termini, we took the metro to Colosseum, you won't missed Colosseum because it's the famous site in Rome, another one of 7 wonders. Colosseum is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome which built in 70-80 AD, originally known as the Amphitheatrum Flavium. The South part of Colosseum was collapsed due to massive earthquake in 847. The Colosseum was used for gladiators contest and public spectacles like animal hunt or wild animal fights.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Europe 13/17 - Italy : Florence, Day Trip to Magnificent Cinque Terre and Quick Stop for Pisa Tower

"Create the highest, grandest vision
possible for your life,
because you become what you believe."
- Oprah Winfrey
me at Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy
Day 14 - Tuesday, 27 June 2017

My plan for today is visiting Cinque Terre, my friend recommended this place, saw the pictures and I thought, Ohh I must go there definitely if I go to Italy, so after some consideration for the route, I prefer to stay at Florence which is closer to Cinque Terre. I stored my bag in my hotel and going to take it back later on before catching up my train to Rome. It's so easy and convenience to use train wherever in Italy, they have nice train, very recommended.

I checked the train schedule from an apps called Trenitalia, and decided to stroll around the city before heading to Cinque Terre. I only have limited time for Cinque Terre means Five Lands, which are Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. So after looking at pictures, I choose 2 out of 5 villages, Riomaggiore and Manarola, actually I want to add Monterosso but I thought it's a beach where I could find a lot in my country.

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