Wandering Out of a Comfort Zone in Wonderful Indonesia
During my epic exploration of Indonesia, I looked into the mouth of an active volcano and I was humbled. I felt both the triviality and magnitude of myself as I peered down the throat of a raging volcano. The wind blew the sulphur against my skin that it burnt. The ground below me murmured demonstrating the impending power of the volcano I was perched upon, should that volcano want to demonstrate that power. This face to face with power and shadows happened on the crater of Mount Bromo, an active volcano which is 2392 meters tall. But this was not the only place I felt this power beneath me and also within me. Indonesia captures the heart and mind. With or without your consent, it pushes you out of your comfort zone.
To be whisked away to an exotic destination is a dream most dreamers dream. A break from my mundane everyday existence, my routine. To find oneself in a place where new smells envelop you and uncommon sights entice, what could possibly be a better setting than the thousands of islands that make up Indonesia?
It’s been said that to travel to Bali you will be overcome by an internal light that continues to burn brighter during your stay, to find a deep connection to spirituality and to yourself.
Bali is known as “the island of the gods” and legend has it that spirits live there to help people along their spiritual journey and that volcanoes make our shadows emerge. If this is true, then it is true for the whole of Indonesia which has more active volcanoes than any other country in the world.
Another experience of nature in full force, was on Komodo National Island, the only place in the world where you will find Komodo Dragons. One look at these powerful, captivating creatures and one could easily imagine a time when dragons wielded the power.
Komodo Dragons are fierce hunters that stalk, lock down and annihilate their prey. Using a combination of brute force and venomous poison for which no anti venom exists, these creatures reach up to 3 meters long. They are the ultimate predator. Under the watchful guard of armoured guides, being in the presence of a Komodo Dragon was another reminder that it is in the stretching of oneself, the trying, the journey that one can comprehend your own strength. If we stay in our comfort zone we will never experience what exists on the other side of comfort, which might just be the very best of what we carry inside.
So if they say life begins at the edge of your comfort zone, then Indonesia is certainly a good place to embark on your own personal epic journey.
Possibly the world’s ultimate, all-encompassing paradise, Indonesia captures your heart with its culture, history, people, places, beauty, adventure and serenity. In this place there is something special and beautiful for everyone and you will not return the same person you were when you left.
My highlight reel:
There is so much to see in Indonesia that it feels wrong to try and limit the delights of this country to a list. This is part 1 of that list and the next part will follow next week.
This list is not conclusive, it is merely my personal highlight reel. I am sure when you travel to Indonesia, you will make your own, jam packed with wonderful experiences, highlight reel.
For the full experience of Wonderful Indonesia take a look at this Lila Swanepoel Production short video titled Indonesia – Travel With Your Soul
The journey of Wonderful Indonesia will be continued next week with more of the magic you can expect in Indonesia. Join us to find out more about this wonderful place and how you too can find yourself in the process of the journey.
Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world comprising 13,466 large and small tropical islands fringed with white sandy beaches, many still uninhabited and a number even still unnamed.
Sitting right on the equator situated between the continents of Asia and Australia and between the Pacific and the Indian Oceans, Indonesia has among the most diverse variety of species of animal life, on land and in the seas, found anywhere in the world.
The Indonesian archipelago harbours many ancient cultures and throughout its history the islands have been influenced by Indian, Chinese, Arabic and European cultures making this country a plethora of diversity and uniqueness.
MYD’s Manager, Kirsty Watermeyer recently travelled to Indonesia on a media familiarisation trip to bring back to Namibians the stories, treasures and insights of Indonesia. Over the next two weeks 99FM MYD will be uncovering all that is Wonderful Indonesia.
If you want to travel to Indonesia then be sure to take a look at the Wonderful Indonesia Travel website here, where you’ll find information, travel tips and ideas to plan your stay : Wonderful Indonesia