Pertama kali dengar nama Suroloyo akhir 2013 ketika salah satu teman di Yogya berujar dia mau mendaki Suroloyo untuk menikmati momen matahari terbit. Kala itu terbayang bahwa Suroloyo mungkin adalah sebuah bukit. Kalau Suroloyo itu gunung, saya biasanya sudah pernah dengar namanya, tapi nama itu asing sekali atau bisa juga saya yang lupaan, sih, haha. Singkat cerita, saya tidak berusaha mencari tahu lebih lanjut tentang bukit ini. Saya biarkan saja Suroloyo menggantung di pikiran saya. Enam tahun kemudian, saya berkesempatan mengunjungi bukit itu.
Banyak banget deh utang tulisan akibat janji-janjiin di Instagram Stories setiap ada yang tanya. Haha … mari kita lunasi satu-satu. Gimana kalau kita bahas soal visa dulu?
Setiap mengunjungi negara baru, persoalan visa paling sering ditanyakan. Pas lagi getol-getolnya posting soal jalan-jalan di Mesir di Instagram Stories, selalu ada aja yang tanya soal visa. Harap maklum, bahasan visa memang juicy banget untuk orang Indonesia. Entah sampai kapan kita mesti drama-drama kecil setiap mau kirim aplikasi visa. Eheheee … Katanya hidup tanpa drama (kecil) akan terasa hambar, jadi disyukuri aja kali ya keribetan dan dramanya.
I know some of you might hear that Egypt isn’t safe. Or you might hear that there are a lot of scams or other horrible things. Is it safe or not? I didn’t feel unsafe during my visit, even when I arrived at 1:30 am in the morning at Cairo Airport. Speaking of one of the weirdest times to arrive at a new country. I was alone but I got an airport pick up from the hotel anyway.
I’ve felt that garbage is an issue for quite a long time now. When I was maybe 12-15 years old and I cleaned up to my room I always ended up with a lot of stuff to throw away by the end of it. Back then I didn’t think about going green and doing things for the environment. I would just think, ‘where does this all go?’ Lazy me, I didn’t try to find the answer. At that time I just questioned without caring.
Who doesn’t find a bright yellow pumpkin with black dots interesting or at least quirky and caught the attention? Well at least I do.
I think the first time I ever saw work by Yayoi Kusama was on the internet. I found her work interesting. I started to read a bit about her, and research some of the stories behind the artwork that she had created, and her career.
A few days ago I said to Nico, “do you realise that I don’t have any friends here?”. I’m kind of feeling lonely.
That is only partially true. The term I-don’t-have-any-friends means I don’t have my own friends. Of course there are Nico’s brothers, Nico’s friends, occasionally Nico friend’s girlfriend, and also Nico family’s friends or extended family, but you know what, I guess it is just different.
“So are you visiting for the light festival?” our friend who is originally from Prague asked to us. We looked at each other and burst out laughing. “No, actually we don’t know anything about it. We are here because last week was Nico’s birthday and both of us have never been to the Czech Republic so here we are” we explained to her.
Africa is misunderstood by so many people. Well.. to be honest, everyone kind of misunderstands everyone else. The more I travel I realise how little I know. However I am fine with knowing a little. I enjoy my travels and the journey has been so great. I really like discovering new amusing yet awesome things (even things that I didn’t know about it before – for instance: the pride of donkey competition in Lamu, Kenya. I never thought donkeys would be such a big deal).