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A New Chapter – Off to Java

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about Learning Indonesian in Java. Well, the days and weeks roll on and I’m on the cusp of departing Australia for an unknown period of time. On the 16th of June I’ll be boarding a plane to Melbourne where I’ll hang out for a few days catching up with old friends and eating some good food. Then on the 19th, I’ll be catching a flight to Singapore where I intend to give this city nation a second chance.

I first went to Singapore in 2009 and really didn’t like it. This time I’m heading to Singapore because that’s where I could get a cheap flight to. My first thought was to burn through there as quickly as possible, but I’ve thought about it a little more and this time I think I’ll stay 4 nights. I’ll walk as much as possible, try to find top eating, decent walking trails and basically do everything I didn’t do last time. If they had a mountain, I’d climb it — but they don’t. So eating and walking will have to do.

Avenue of Lanterns in Singapore
Avenue of Lanterns in Singapore

After Singapore, I’ll head to Kuala Lumpur by bus and then fly to Bandung in Java late in June. I’ll have a couple of weeks to kill in Java before my language course starts and I’ll probably use this time to nick up into the Dieng Plateau and see a few of the natural sites that this part of the island has to offer.

But more importantly than all of these tangible activities, this signifies the start of yet another chapter for me. A quite significant chapter ended for me last year when I headed off to Bali to research and write for travelfish. That was the culmination of a long-term relationship and the start of forging a new path on my own. On reflection, the chapter I have been living over the past 9 months has been transitionary and I met some great people and did some great things along the way such as a fantastic Australian roadtrip. But when I leave Australia this time, I don’t feel like I have a home to come back to (even more so than last time) and that gives me a sense that I may well be away for much longer than the 3 months that the language course will go for — and this means a new chapter is beginning right now.

People on a Mountain
People on a Mountain - One of the wonderful experiences from the last chapter

With that in mind, I look forward to exploring what comes next — hopefully it is filled with happiness, adventure and self-improvement. If I can share that with other like-minded people, that would be great too. Here’s to a new chapter.

9 replies on “A New Chapter – Off to Java”

Adam – wishing you continued safe travels as you begin this new chapter in your life. Sounds challenging and exciting! Enjoy!

Thanks Camille. It is going to be challenging, but it makes life interesting and that’s what it’s all about!

Cheers Nicole. I will update as regularly as I normally do. That is, in a very sporadic fashion.

I’ll be heading down exactly the same route as you (Kuala Lampur through to Bandung) and I’m super pumped to hear about this new chapter of yours!

New chapters are all kinds of exhilarating (especially when you no longer have something stable to call “home”) and that will probably make all these upcoming travels that much more meaningful. Yup, I said it.

Great! When do you arrive in Bandung? I’m heading there tonight to check out a few things and then I’ll hit the road for a week before returning to Bandung.

You’re right about these travels being more meaningful. I’m already feeling a sense of purpose and I only hit the road a week ago.

One of my favorite things right now is to travel for the sake of learning a language. You gain so much insight into a culture when you get to here colloquialisms and the like.

Yeah it’s a pretty fantastic reason to travel! After you’ve done a bit of travel, you start to ask “why”… and I think “to learn a new language” is a fantastic answer.

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