It’s been already two weeks. I can’t believe I’m in Jakarta! Being here and experiencing an entire new world makes me realize how much I’ve missed out these past four years. I can’t help it but think of how I could’ve make all these years count. Seeing all these people of my age graduating, starting to work, travelling the world, I wonder what I’ve been doing during all that time. On top of that, I was miserable at school and not even being sure that’s what I want to do as a career.
I think it triggered in me a strong desire to do whatever I have to do to step out of my comfort zone. I can’t wait after other people to be ready to travel with me and I can’t wait for the right timing. So I made the decision to go alone.
But, don’t think it’s just an epic adventure like in these travelling Instagram posts and Youtube vlogs. Immersing myself in a totally new lifestyle gave me diarrhea for one week, headaches, stomachaches, traffic every single day, relentless mosquitoes and so much stress. Stress about how to navigate to go from point A to point B, visa problems, a starving bank account and so on.
However, Jakarta is also spoiling me with the best food, a colorful culture, and, most of all, the most kind and genuine people I’ve ever met. And I can’t describe how much I’m learning every single day here. I’m learning about architecture, people, ways of living and mostly about myself. Travelling in a new country is pushing me to make the most out of every single moment.
I don’t regret anything as I know it will be one of the best story and memory I will cherish. After one year of preparation, I can really see now that everything was worth it.