When I was leaving for Indonesia for the first time in April, the country meant only Bali and Jakarta to me. I knew nothing of Bandung or any other place, not even the name. I guess that is the case with most of us tourists. I had read and heard so much about only Bali and Jakarta and a few attractions around them that they had become synonymous with Indonesia.
As I stand at the rim of Tangkuban Perahu crater, the legend unfolds in front of me. A single mother Dayang Sumbi who lived in West Java, cast away her son Sangkuriang for disobedience. Son went to a faraway place. Saddened by her actions, the beautiful woman was also worried about her future. Looking at her sadness the Gods granted her the power of eternal youth.
Not only in airplane but bus, car, train … I love my window seat and I would probably sulk if I do not get a window seat. Vasu knows it very well and when we travel together, he doesn’t even utter a word about taking that seat or looking out of window!
So as usual, while going to Indonesia, I had reserved window seats for all four sectors. I was flying Mumbai-KL-Bandung and took the same route for return journey.
The local villagers were talking about a forest on a hill where birds refused to fly near and if they did, they would end up dead. The locals had declared it as eerie and mysterious forest. This was in 1837. These stories prompted a German botanist Dr Franz W. Junghuhn to investigate, and in turn, he discovered Kawah Putih.
Let me confess. I knew nothing of Bandung; not even the name. To me and to most of us tourists, Indonesia means only Bali and Jakarta. I had read and heard so much about only these two cities that, in a way, they had become synonymic with Indonesia. We don’t think beyond that.
The month of April saw me returning back from trip of Singapore, Hong Kong & Macau. We stayed in all the three places longer than what people generally stay. After a long time, we both vacationed together and at our own pace. We wanted it that way. Vasu has been telling me to think about our next destination and book tickets. I am being just lazy.
April also saw three other international trips either getting declined or cancelled for some reason or the other. For me, personal trips are far more important than FAM trips. So, no issues. I was not worried but started thinking … where next? Should I take Vasu’s advice seriously?
And then this invite came my way.
This is what you see when you leave Mumbai Airport.