Winter, 2019

Indonesia seems to sit in a different corner of the world from where I live. It was quite a long journey to get there, but it was worth the trek. The first thing that I noticed when there was the quiet chaos to the traffic. All streets, narrow or large, are jam packed with cars and motorcyles. Drivers arbitrarily stop in the middle of the road, yet despite this, there's no honking. All drivers are polite and patient, and quietly line up behind and wait.

The more time you spend there, the more you realize the charm. It seems to be an isolated paradise, where you sit in a bubble where seemingly nobody can touch or bother you. The busy life is on the other side of the world, beyond the reach of your thoughts, and its easier to relax with the sand over your toes.

But even beyond that, there are more worlds accessible now. Snorkeling is one of my favorite activies, and its especially special here. With the warm water and clear visibility, its easy to swim for hours looking at the colorful fish dancing within inches of your face. The vastness of the floor of the ocean is hard to fathom.