Dressed up: Dutch Style

Dear Readers, I hope you are doing great in this late September. I feel like time running up in extreme pace. Suddenly the end of 2014 is getting closer. Anyway, I would like to share some stories about my gone local experience in Holland. I knew I’ve posted a lot about Holland, but this stuff is worth to tell.

So, back then when I studied in the Hague, I didn’t waste any weekend by just staying in my room. Me and my friends wandered around not only in The Hague but also several cities in Holland. One day we decided to go to Volendam, a boat city in Northern part of Holland. The view in this city is quite breathtaking, as you can see the old boats in the harbor. But, the main reason why we went there is not to see the boat and the small conblock path all around the city, but we were filled with desire to pose in Volendam traditional costume!

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Well, Volendam has known for its costume, a peaked cap, black long dress  and kraplap (to be worn on the shoulders). Rumor has it that until now if you are lucky you still can see local people wear it in the street, especially on Sunday. When we arrived there, we went straight to the downtown and find many outlets offering Volendam traditional costume photo experience. Before we went there, we already heard that many Indonesian visited Volendam to get their photo taken. And by doing quick research, we decided to take picture in Fotograaf de Boer. This place located in Haven 83 Volendam. The interior design was neat, old-fashioned, and look promising as well. I can tell that by seeing many famous and friendly Indonesian photos there, from Indonesian former president to celebrities.1620443_10203084748025783_1543221339_n 1920426_611123868942591_523346245_n

We then changed and get dressed, my first impression wearing the Volendam costume is very practical and quick. We only needed 10 minutes tops and ready to be photographed.

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Two week before I return to Indonesia, me and my friend, Mia, went to Delft. Not only we want to buy the souvenirs before we finally of from Holland, but we also want to take picture wearing Delft traditional costume. Why we did it all over again? Because the traditional costume in Delft is different than in Volendam. A white long-sleeves top, with blue long skirt. Delft costume still use a peaked cap like the one we wore in Volendam. What I really love in Delft is the outdoor concept. Yes! We got our pictures taken outdoor, while sometimes people stopped by just to check on us.mia white

So, what do you think readers? Which one suits me better?

Italy Trip – February 2014

Buongiorno everyone. Happy seeing me again this fast? Well, I promise you last time that I’d do whatever it takes so that I can write you more, and that includes my laziness.

I feel tingle in my fingers when I type this post, because right here right now, I finally get the opportunity to tell you that I finally made it to visit Italy last month *dance* I went there with Ima, the one that I told you in this post. We took the flight to Milan from Paris. Why Paris? Because during my ticket hunt, I found that flying to Italy from the Netherland cost you a fortune. So when my friends prefer to prolong their stay in Paris after the working visit, me and Ima decided to go to Italy over the weekend.20140207_171657 20140207_174617

First Day

We arrived in Malpensa airport at 5pm, and waited for about 30 minutes before my friend, Anggi, picked us up. Anggi is my colleague when I worked in ELTI. She married an Italian and lives in Genoa, Italy since May 2013. She saw my status and post in FB and invited me over to visit her. Who am I gonna say no for this rare opportunity? Of course I said yes and I manage to bring Ima with me.20140207_202258 20140208_084531

Anggi and her husband, Carlo, picked us up and drove us to Genoa. It was quite long trip, about 2 hours, and I believe Anggi was aware with the hungry look in me and Ima’s face, so we stopped near Genoa, ouch, I forgot the name of the city, but we found snow there, super weird! What did we order that night? If you mention pizza then you are super right. Pizza in Italy is thin, less spice, huge, and delicious. And one pan is all for you. You should see the look in me and Ima’s face when Anggi told me that we have to finish it up, and I almost fell down of my chair when she continued that Italian people did not casually bring back the left over. So yes, we both struggle to eat our first Italian pizza, while we about to take the second slice, Anggi’s husband already finish his. Hahahaha.  After a slow and long dinner, we then continue the journey to Anggi’s house in Genoa, and fell into deep sleep.

Second day

We woke up quite early because we decided to visit several cities that day. Me and Ima then helped Anggi in the kitchen, by mostly taking pictures and asked her a lot about Italy. Anggi then shut us off by giving us a homemade pear jam. Seriously readers, it was the most delicious jam we ever taste, we even take picture of it. After a warm and delicious breakfast we were ready to start our trip. Our first destination is Leaning Pisa Tower.20140208_094016

20140208_122218 20140208_123159 20140208_123532 20140208_125252After 90 minutes driving, we finally arrived in Pisa. The weather that day was perfect, blue sky with some with clouds raise my instinct to never stop taking pictures. You know what, it wasn’t easy to take picture with Pisa Tower. Ima needed to almost laid in the grass so she can take a good picture, so Asian, but we love the result. And oh, there was also a Cathedral near the Pisa Tower, but unfortunately it closed.

We only stay in Pisa for like one hour only, we then grabbed the lunch (pasta and enormous Italian salad) and continued to our next destination, Florence.20140208_155230 20140208_160941 20140208_163526 20140208_164304

The trip to Florence was about one hour and a half. I couldn’t remember it precisely because I spent most of the time sleeping. Florence or Firenze (the Italian version) is a small classy town in Italy. Along with other 24 cities, Florence has been categorized as one of must have visit in Europe. And I found it true. Florence is so artsy. There were many statues crafted detail. They looked surreal. We almost stop everywhere just to ooh aaaah admiring the view, and taking pictures. At the end of our journey in Florence, Anggi’s husband take us to a hill, where we can see Florence city view at night. Good grief, it was splendid!1948011_630287040359607_371959070_n 20140208_165306 20140208_165134 20140208_181828 20140208_182155_night 20140208_182712_night

Feeling hungry and tired, we then drove to Italian restaurant, where we’re gonna meet Anggi and Carlo’s friends. The restaurant was so cozy. The food again was huge (I ordered Californian steak, don’t ask me why, but I saw a tiny recommendation thumb next to the menu) yet delicious, but what I like the most from Italy is the people. They were loud and super friendly. The waiters and the chef sometimes greeted us just to check we were happy with food, and yes we were!20140208_194306 20140208_194843 20140208_203212 20140208_194243

Third day

It was our last day in Italy. We had our pancakes breakfast and the legendary pear jam in the dining room. Anggi and his husband then drove us to Malpensa because we need to catch our flight at 3pm. We arrived there on time. I can’t thank Anggi enough for the hospitality during our short stay in Italy. Thank you so much Anggi and Carlo, I wish you both happiness ever after. Ciao!20140209_144931 20140209_143225 20140209_144858

Narsis di Taman

Pagiii smuaaa, selamat hari Senin yaa. Masih pada semangat kan? Kalau ngerasa lagi bete ato bosen, biasanya tangan saya suka jalan sendiri buat ngambil cermin ato gadget, buat foto-foto *true story* Serius, saya ini narsis aku, foto itu akan saya bilang bagus kalau saya yang di foto itu terlihat bagus 😀

Nah, pas di Belanda 2 bulan kemarin, level narsis saya meningkat pesat. Hal ini disebabkan banyaknya pemandangan-pemandangan indah yang cocok untuk dipadankan dengan saya. Saya terpukau dengan taman-taman di Belanda yang bersih. Beberapa taman bahkan memasang tanda tertentu yang melarang anjing masuk ke taman tersebut, dan dipatuhi dunkz oleh para pemilik anjing, akibatnya saya menjadi tidak takut terkena ranjau kala berkunjung ke taman.

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Dua minggu sebelum kepulangan saya ke Indonesia, sepertinya sudah mulai transisi musim semi. Hal ini ditandai dengan mekarnya bunga-bunga dimana-mana. Kece abiiiiis. Sayangnya, kami tidak berkesempatan mampir ke Keukenhof, taman tulip legendaris Belanda, karena baru dibuka pada akhir Maret 2014. Ya sudah, silahkan loh disimak ya foto-fotonya, maaf kalau banyak saya nya 😀

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Jonkoping Trip, Sweden, January 2012

Bonjouuur people !! How are you guys doing ? It’s a windy Thursday here and the weekend is just one day away. As a person who impatiently waits for the work to start, everyday is holiday for me. I know I should write more, but there’re always something came up eventually. So here I am, try to pay my dues, just for you, my amazing readers 😀

Remember when I told you here about my unexpected adventure in my way to Sweden? I haven’t got the chance yet to tell you about what happened next after I landed in the Viking Land. Well, it was around 5.30am when I arrived in Charlesroi Airport in Brussels, the airport was quite clean, but the weather was a bit rainy. My flight to Sweden was at 7:40 am and as I tried to notice the other passengers, I found that the majority of them had strong Nordic look, tall, blond, and pale. Again, that wasn’t disturbing me at all. I caught a cute little girl grinned at me with her sleepy look. Poor little girl, she supposed to be still in bed in that ungodly hour.

My flight was on-time, and I was so happy that I got a near-window seat. A near-window seat is always my favorite seat. Every single time when I travel I will always find the urgency to choose my seat, which is near-window seat. Okay, I babbled too much. Sooo, the flight took about two hours, and I arrived in Gothenborg, Sweden at around 9 am. Anyway, my real destination wasn’t Gothenborg, but Jonkoping. But since I flew with a low-cost airline, Ryan Air, the direct flight from Brussels to Jonkoping didn’t exist. Heheheh.

Once I arrived in Gothenborg, I exchanged my euro, because Sweden uses krone as their currency. One euro is about eight to ten krones, depends on where do you exchange it 😀 Well, from Gothenborg airport, I took a shuttle bus (79 krones) to the city center. The city center was quite far, I spent like 30 minutes to go there. In Gothenborg city center, I went to Swebus counter to buy the bus ticket to Jonkoping, I didn’t remember exactly but it wasn’t expensive 😀 no worries. And oh, the site to look for the bus in Sweden is www.sj.se, truly useful, believe me.

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The trip to Jonkoping was a bit long. I believe it’s more than two hours. Fortunately, since I was pretty exhausted, I fell asleep in the bus. When I woke up, I was enchanted by the remaining snow in the street. Ah, life is good. Briefly, I arrived in Jonkoping station in the afternoon and then greeted by two friendly faces, Vidya and Sani, my two dear friends from MM UGM who also joined exchange programs. They then took me to their apartment by bus. Vidya and Sani were so happy seeing me. They said I’m the one who finally made it in visiting them, LOL. We couldn’t stop chatting in the bus, it was hilarious.

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I stayed in Jonkoping for three days.  Vidya and Sani treated me nicely, although I sometimes complained a lot about how far they lived to the city center. As a person who gets used stay in city center, their apartment was a bit too quiet, but the scenery there was fantastic. Vidya and Sani took me to several places. We went to city park, downtown bridge, and even to JIBS (Jonkoping International Business School)!

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Since i went there on weekdays, it’s a bit difficult to have Vidya and Sani till noon because they had class to attend. Instead of doing nothing, i initiated myself to go to IKEA, one of the leading departments stores in Europe which focused on home furnishing products. IKEA in Sweden was stunning. Well although there was also IKEA in Lille, i found unexplained feeling in IKEA Sweden. Weird, LOL. What i like the most about IKEA is the food and snack corner near the cashier. The food and beverage there were too yummy, not to mention cheap. Aaaah, me love it.What surprising in Scandinavian countries is that, the people there collect bottle for money. That was smart. The recycle thingy is easier there. I think the people there are already quite aware with the eco-style.

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hot chocolates and ginger breads

Well, it was a nice trip in Jonkoping. Thanks Vidya and Sani for the hospitality. I won’t forget when we made bakwan fiesta or when i had to force Vidya to take me to the bus station at 6am in the morning. All the best for you guys 🙂

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Beach Girl Adventure. Le Touquet Paris-Plage. September 2011.

Morning pretty peeps, how are you ? 2013 is getting closer and the fact that we succeed in surviving the Mayan apocalypse was such like an achievement, wasn’t it? I personally can’t wait for 2013. I have plenty of new year resolutions which need to be done soon. One of those resolutions is to write more often 😀 Wish me luck then, fellas. Anyway, today’s post is about my adventure in finding beach in France. When I arrived in France (September 5, 2011), the weather was still sunny enough. That was surprising. This weather anomaly was happened until October if I recall. Since I still missed Indonesian heat, I asked to my friends about the nearest beach in Lille. One of them, David, answered that he already did some research and found a nice beach in Le Touquet. It was about 150 km from Lille. My adventure mood suddenly sneaked out. We (me, Alajandra, Natalia, David and Aaron) then prepared for our little trip.

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Since David brought his car from Germany, we then didn’t have to worry about our transportation to Le Touquet. What we have to do was only shared the gasoline. We spent about four hours in the road. The trip there was ah-ma-zing. As a person who often fell asleep in a trip, I didn’t have to force myself to keep my eyes open at that time. The view was relieving; the chat in the car was also fun. We sang many songs, from the top 40 list to the lamest one. We arrived in Le Touquet at around 4 pm. We then went to our cottage (damn, I forgot the name of the cottage). It was really nice cottage. The design was dominated by wood and it was only 5 minutes walk to the beach.

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Sooo, how’s the beach? The name’s Le Touquet Paris-Plage. I have no idea why they attached Paris there, since Le Touquet is closer to Lille than Paris. The beach was fine. It was quite long and big. There were a lot of people in bikinis and tried to suck the last summer sunshine in the beach. I can’t blame them, they’d meet summer again in about eight months! Too long!! Well, compared to the beaches in Bali or Yogyakarta, Le Touquet is more, errrr, hot? Ahahahha, you better watch the photos below to get better description. Enjoy!!!

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i’m the flip-flop keeper, LOL

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Good Lord, i finally could experience beach sunset!! 

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Do you know what i love the most from this picture? My awesome hair, hahaha

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morning escape, feeling the sand, wind, and the grass. That simple 🙂

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birdie birdie in the sea, thanks for the warm greeting

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Vienna Trip, Austria, December 2011

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Hello guys, what you’ve been up to ? I feel ashamed if I check on the archive list. I apologize for my laziness in keeping this blog alive.There were tons of things happened to me currently. The good thing is, I do have a lot of ideas to write. I only need to find the time 🙂

This morning when I opened my laptop, I accidentally saw some of my Eurotrip pictures. I suddenly realized that I haven’t finished to share all the countries that I had visited last year. Well then, brace yourself readers, the Vienna story is coming up…..in the following paragraph, LOL.

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My Vienna trip was actually one whole package with the Prague trip. See the Prague trip here. I took a very affordable tour back in Lille. The tour was not too satisfying, but I did meet a lot of new friends. So, once we’re done in Prague, we went right away to Vienna.  The view from Prague to Vienna was splendid. I didn’t remember exactly how many hours we had to spend, it was about five hours I guess.

We arrive in Vienna at noon. The bus driver dropped us at city central and left us there until around 10pm. We were so happy because we would have plenty of time to discover Vienna. We were then separated ourselves into smaller groups. I was with Julia and Ella, we later decided to go to the tourism bureau to find some city guidance.

Vienna was a beautiful city, although I still preferred Paris and Prague. The language used there is German, and my knowledge about it was almost zero. Hahahaha.  Our first stop was Schonbrunn Palace in the downtown of Vienna and we went there by subway. Schonbrunn Palace was an ancient imperial palace. I was a bit disappointed because when we arrive there, there was such a renovation which didn’t enable us to see the palace to the max. We took a tour to see more about Schonbrunn Palace. I paid around 20 something Euro for the tour, that price included an audioguide which could be set in various languages. The tour was okay, but the fact that we couldn’t take picture inside made me sad. After we finished the tour we found a Christmas Market in Schonbrunn Garden. That was cool, there were a lot of stalls which sold sausage, French fries, beverage, waffles, even souvenirs, you name it.

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In the evening, we went to Kaerntnerstrasse, one of the most shopping streets in Vienna. Since I didn’t find anything interesting, I just took tens of pictures and had some fun with my friends.

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Kaerntnerstrasse, one of the shopping streets in Vienna

Austria was where the great Mozart came from. So when it came to music and Mozart, it wouldn’t be cheap, trust me. After strolled around in Kaerntnerstrasse, we went to the Haus der Musik. We didn’t want to see concert there 😀 we just wanted to visit another Christmas Market near Haus der Musik. LOL.

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At 10 pm, the bus driver picked us up. It was kinda sad leaving Vienna because we didn’t have enough time to discover more about Vienna. I even didn’t get the chance to visit Horst, a friend of mine. So long Vienna, it won’t be my last visit there, I’d be glad to see you again in the future. Have a good day 🙂

Prague (Praha) Trip, Czech Republic, December 2011

My trip to Prague, Czech Republic, was very outstanding. I joined a tour from Lille, France which enabled me to meet a bunch of new friends. I’m willing to tell about my new friends experience soon after i finish this post. I spent 3 days and 2 nights in Prague. It was not enough for me yet. Prague was amazing. I wish i can do my honeymoon there. Just check out these photos, i do believe you’d have the same thought after 😀

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with the Royal guide

 

Prague night view

 

a view from Charles Bridge

 

at Restaurace U Parlementu

 

at John Lennon Wall

 

Prague National Museum

 

magnificent Old Town