Sometimes a good photo is all about the place and time, and has little to with the photographer or their equipment – as is the case here. I snapped this picture out the window of a speeding van with my broken down Samsung Galaxy S3 one sunny morning leaving Da Nang, Vietnam. It is also the subject of my most popular tweet to date on Twitter (small victories). Da Nang was lovely because we had the place to ourselves. It was a slow city, and our first real taste of the beach on that trip.
The first two weeks of this backpacking adventure I was jet lagged, culture shocked and more than a little homesick. After a full month spent in Vietnam touring North to South, and down the coast to finish our journey in Ho Chi Minh City saying goodbye was HARD!
If you would have asked me during the first week spent in the North, I never would have expected that. Somewhere along the route, however, things changed. Maybe it was just getting over the shock of being so far away and in a new place, maybe it was the ton of new experiences had along the way, or the new people we met on our journey. Or maybe just all of those things together. But I think I finally have my travel legs under me. And I couldn’t be happier about it.
Having been in Indonesia less than a week, I can already say with certainty that I love visiting this country! To sum it up – the friendliest people, amazing food and gorgeous natural scenery. Killer beaches, volcanos, and hot, hot sun. Despite being rainy season, we haven’t been impeded all that much in the time we have spent in West Java. More highlights about West Java to follow.
Today, we are leaving Yogyakarta via the airport and flying east to Bali – the final “phase” of this particular trip (Phase Beach Bum). I come to you from the international airport there. After a slow first two weeks for me (in Vietnam), time is flying by. Everyone tells you that is going to happen, but I guess it’s one of those things that you need to experience for yourself to understand.
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