New York Minute

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Honestly, it feels so surreal that right now I’m typing up a post about my New York trip. As a generic Indonesian, I always felt like going to US is such an impossible thing to do. There are a lot of horror stories when it comes to obtaining US visa. Fortunately, mine was quite breezy (if you don’t count my stupidity of not bringing passport on my first interview). And now I feel like there are a lot more places that I can visit. Because visa application doesn’t feel unreachable anymore.

I won’t be typing up my experience day by day because it will be so boring and I have a very very very short memory, so I don’t really recall all of the things that I did. But here are the highlights of the trip:

  • Meet up with my childhood friend. I have promised her that I would visit her in the States for years and it finally happened!
  • Visiting museum of natural history. I spent 5 hours in there all by myself and the only reason why I left is because I got cold! I really want to go back and read everything.
  • Walked from start to finish on the high line bridge. What a beautiful concept! And seeing this concrete jungle from the bridge was very relaxing.
  • Breakfast at the cafe where they shot You’ve Got Mail.
  • Crossing Brooklyn bridge in the rain (I count it as a positive thing).
  • Seeing a very cool breakdance performance in Times Square.
  • Korean BBQ in Korea town.
  • Reading at a bookstore cafe in Chelsea, feeling like a local.
  • RAMEN BURGER!
  • And many more that I can’t remember.

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New York, I’m coming back for you. To see more of your beauty. Good thing my visa is valid for 5 years!

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One Day in Paris

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Last weekend, Deo and I impulsively decided to go to Paris for the whole Saturday. We took the bus at 1:00 AM on Saturday and come back to Eindhoven at 10:00 PM the same day. We had only one goal to go to Paris; eat ramen! Which we ended up obviously did. I am still regretting not getting seconds for both our trips to Ippudo (we went for lunch and dinner, I could have downed four bowls of ramen!).

If you noticed, the second picture on the first row is really really dark. It’s because we arrived really really early. Around 6:30 AM actually. We were pretty much zombies when we arrived. But the day turned up very nicely and we made the most of the day with sightseeing and eating ramen!

I’m very happy that we did do this spontaneous trip because 2017 is the year of being spontaneous!

Rome, Italy 2016

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Like I previously mentioned, Deo and I went away for a couple of days. We escaped to Rome, Italy from Monday to Wednesday to celebrate his 29th birthday. 29th of November for his 29th birthday. Sounds like something to celebrate for. The plan was not to have a romantic trip solely, but we really wanted to see Rome like tourists. Although we did have a nice dinner in front of Pantheon with a romantic live music.

What we usually opted for when we go to a foreign city is a hop on hop off bus. Not only you can see everything, but the information that’s given during the tour is very interesting. By no means it covers in depth level of knowledge, but it puts more depth into sight seeing compare to just walking around. We also booked a guided tour for inside the Colosseum as well as for the Palatine Hill. I think I can say for the both of us, it was well worth the money. The guide was also offering another tour for the Vatican city but unfortunately, we had to head back to The Netherlands that day.

Three days weren’t nearly enough to cover the beauty of Rome and to absorb all the history. But it was a good trip nonetheless. And one day, we plan on coming back. Maybe during the warmer months because it was bloody cold there!