TOP-5 Volcanoes to visit in Indonesia

Have you ever thought about hiking an active volcano? To be honest I haven’t. Before I came to Indonesia.

After a year of active backpacking around the country I have a lot interesting stories to tell and useful information to share. Here is a video about what are in my opinion TOP-5 volcanoes to visit in Indonesia.

So here we go, list of 5 most interesting volcanoes to hike in Indonesia:

  • Krakatau
  • Bromo national park
  • Kawa Ijen
  • Rinjani
  • Kelimutu

There are no better or worse volcanoes. They are all very different and they all offer incredible experiences.

If you’ve been to these or other volcanoes in Indonesia, please let me know which is your favourite in the comments below. And if you’re planning to go, – visit Ijen, you’re not be disappointed 🙂

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Urban vs Rural Life

Urban vs Rural Life

I have experienced “village lifestyle” during one year in Indonesia. Basically it was a gap year, more leisure, travelling and having fun than anything else. Although I was living in the 3rd biggest city in Indonesia, life around me didn’t motivate me to develop, dress up every day or be ready for conversations about global issues. And all that was a part of my daily life as university student and young professional in Ukraine. And all this was forgotten during my stay in Indonesia. Life there was very simple, I didn’t have to deal with any troubles, just organize my everyday routine. Planning trips and travelling was pretty much my only business. 

After a year of laziness I was so tired of doing nothing that I felt excited about getting a job and developing as a professional, doing something good. I spent 4 month in Ukraine and finally got to Malaysia. I came to an office and during first two days I had lots of doubts and questions about the life I’m going to have here… Continue reading

Trying snake's blood in Indonesia

It happened 365 days ago. It’s how I spent my last B-day 🙂
3 snakes were killed in front of me and I tried kobra goreng (fried cobra) and snake’s blood that was mixed with alcohol.
I can tell that cobra’s meat has the most incredible taste in comparison to others I had chance to tried (dog, bat, frog). It looks like chicken but tastes like fish.

Moving to Indonesia: Survival Guide

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When I was moving to Indonesia for a year in August 2013 I knew so little about this country. I new that: many people are Muslims, it’s a developing country, there are volcanoes and earthquakes and that Bali island is main holiday destination. And also I knew one Indonesian girl – Mala, whom I met during volunteering in India one year before.

Here is the list of things you have to keep in mind when planning to move to Indonesia:

1. City

Probably you imagine Indonesia as a paradise with white-sand beaches and palm trees around your hammock. But most of the times reality is different. As many others Asia’s cities, Indonesian urban areas are very crowded, air is polluted and streets are dirty.

First of all think what you need for the comfort stay in this tropical country. From holiday style Bali, to business centre – Jakarta, to remote and wild Flores – there is something for everybody. Continue reading

Happiness is the Path

 

or My Reasons to Travel

Some time ago, Viet – my friend from Vietnam asked me why I am so excited about travelling. At that moment I could not give him complete answer, I just said that it changed me a lot and made me a better person. Now I want to tell you why:

1. Places

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Natural spots: hike in Himalayas or enter volcanic crater, swim in natural hot spring in the middle of the rice fields or take shower in the waterfall in the middle of the jungle. This reminds that I am a child of the Mother Nature: careless, young and free. Continue reading

Martabak. A Bite Of Indonesia. The Documentary

I studied in Indonesia 1 year. During my studies I had assignment to make a short video about an aspect of Indonesian culture. Me and my friend Ola chose food, particularly Martabak, street food  that is popular in Asia. We tried to show that cuisine represents culture by being a huge part of people’s routine. That’s why learning about food, its preparation process and way of eating, is important for understanding culture in general. For example, Martabak is being made only during evenings in Indonesia and is being sold only as a take-away food.

We started from the idea: food as a part of everyday habits and culture of eating. Went specific to Martabak because it has interesting way and place of preparation and time of consumption. Continue reading