And Indonesia also is done. Strange country, three big islands (main ones) and three different realities.
Bali is the “easiest” one. Being the one more known and exploited buy tourism is the one more westernized. Locals are very used to foreigners, English is spoken almost everywhere and it’s easy to go around. But being so it’s not necessarily a good thing. Prices are higher and once again the white person is a “walking wallet”. Every step you’re asked if you wanna a taxi (taksi sorry!) or a sarong or a selfie stick or if you want a drink or some food. Well basically like any other Asia country where tourism it too well developed.
Comes Java and things tone down a little bit. You’re still a walking wallet but it’s more discreet. You are not attacked. Just invited. Over and over but it’s not too annoying. People in general are nice and help you. Smile on their face but you can notice the difference from Bali.
Last (in order of appearance) is Sumatra by far my favorite. Unfortunately I only had a fee days to spend in this beautifully green land. Here tourism and infrastructures for it are at a very basic level. Tourists are but a few and locals are as nice as it can be. My hosts and his family have been fantastic. People are very curious of the foreigner and are not annoying. Don’t try to sell you anything and you are still you. Just a foreign person in a beautiful foreign country.
In my deep ignorance I always thought that Muslim countries are close and unfriendly but I haven’t seen anything of the kind during my wanderings in Indonesia. People are warm and friendly, curious about you’re country, you’re habits, you’re life and the cold climate.
I haven’t necessarily done all the typical things that visitors are supposed to do when they visit Indonesia. Actually I’ve done very little but I don’t regret my trip at all. I was looking for a true experience, to meet locals, mingle with them and live their lives and in a way I’ve succeeded. I’ve learnt that this are far from what the TV and news papers tell you. I’ve learnt that we are more similar than we think and at the same time worlds apart. And life is not really better in our uber developed society. Here people have nothing or close to nothing but they’re more than happy to share it with you. We should learn to do the same.