What’s Not to Like in Paris?

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The everyone knows Eiffel Tower

When ZakiΒ listed Paris as one of this year summer’s trip destinations, I was bit reluctant. Not because I don’t like Paris, (of course I like it! Visiting Shakespeare and Co had been in my bucket list since the first time I watched Before Sunset in fact) but I was worried because what Paris is known for: smelly metro, pickpocket, scammers, pricey stuffs and racism (especially after several terror attacks that happened in Europe lately πŸ˜₯ ).

But he convinced me that we got to visit Paris anyway. Sooner or later. One day or another. It’s Paris after all. One of the most visited cities in the world. Rich of history, art and culture. The place where many important thinkers (and their important thoughts) were born. So, how can I say no?

Paris then became our destination after Venice. And because we had quite a drama (read more about it here) in Venice, we decided to slow things down a little bit in Paris. Besides, after spending time (and money!) in Milan and Venice, we needed to rearrange our budget as everything in Paris is not that cheap (the confession of budget travelers πŸ˜€ ). Continue reading “What’s Not to Like in Paris?”

Experiencing Venice Like No One Else

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Sunset in Venice

Our trip to Venice was really something. Not just because the city itself is so pretty at every corner, but also because we had lots of unforgettable experiences there. Both the happy and the upsetting ones :D.

 

We went to Venice by Trenitalia from Milan. The train departed from Milano Centrale and took less than three hours to get to Venezia St Lucia station. It was a pleasant journey though there was no wifi on board (deal with it millennial generation! πŸ˜€ ). When we arrived in Venezia St Lucia, we could feel the touristy ambience in an instant. It’s not really surprising as a report says, “More than 60,000 people descend on Venice each day,” (The Guardian). Not many Venetians live in Venice now. Even an article in the Forbes claims that the city is “underpopulated and overtouristed” since it has 54,500 resident only, but receives 30 million visitors a year. Reading these articles makes me feel guilty as a tourist. That’s why I always try my best to behave well and live like a local wherever I travel. Being a tourist is not an unlimited pass to do whatever you want just because you have paid. A tourist is a guest. And as a guest, we must respect the host. Just like that famous quote: “Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time.”

 

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The Underrated Milan

Most travel reviews I read about Milan always suggest to skip this city when you travel to Italy. Even a friend of mine (who used to live in Italy) wasn’t really fond of my idea to visit Milan. Simply because, rumor says, it has not much to offer, especially for a non business traveller, like me.

But, as someone who was once a milanisti (a loyal supporter of AC Milan football club), I feel like visiting Milan is an obligation, haha, and to be honest, I’ve put it in my bucket list since I was a kid. So, there I went. Spending three nights and two days in a city which famous for its fashion, while I, myself, is the most unfashionable person I know. Such an irony πŸ˜‚. Continue reading “The Underrated Milan”

30 Something and Over It

Looking back on the birthdays I had in the last 31 years, I realized how life around me has changed, and changed the way I see my life as well.

I personally think that birthday is a paradox moment. The day when we feel happy on one side because there’s no other day that is more ours than that day. But, on the other side, we also feel sad or at least worried to know that we are older than before. Ha. (Somebody pass me that anti aging cream, please! πŸ˜† )

I don’t celebrate birthday often. Not in a way it’s usually celebrated. There is no big celebration tradition in my family. Birthday is just like any other day. Though I remember, there were some small birthday parties when I was a little kid. The simple parties with the same routine: my mom bought two regular cakes, stacked them, then decorated them with fresh flowers and leaves ( yes, no fancy icing whatsoever. I didn’t even know that black forest cake was exist at that time πŸ˜‚ ), or we would buy something special for dinner like chicken satay or Javanese noodle, then took a family picture. Just like that. Sometimes I got presents. Sometimes I didn’t. But it didn’t really matter. The happiness was still mine because I was surrounded by the people I love and love me back. Continue reading “30 Something and Over It”

Dilema Mengenalkan Multi Bahasa ke Anak

Saya tidak tahu apakah ini perasaan saya saja, atau rata-rata orang tua di luar sana juga merasakan hal yang sama. Tapi saya merasa, menjadi orang tua sering menempatkan kita pada situasi yang kompleks. Antara mau begini. Tapi juga begitu. Ingin yang ini. Tapi mau juga yang itu. Kita sebut saja perasaan kompleks itu sebagai dilema.

Dalam hal masa depan anak misalnya. Setiap orang tua menginginkan yang terbaik untuk anaknya. Kita mendoakan, membimbing dan mengarahkan. Tapi sebagai orang tua juga, saya sadar, bahwa hidup anak saya sepenuhnya adalah hak dia. Kita tidak berhak memaksa dia menjalani apa yang kita mau atau memaksa mereka untuk mewujudkan mimpi-mimpi kita yang belum/tidak terpenuhi. Makanya saya termasuk yang tidak terlalu suka mengajari anak saya banyak hal tanpa persetujuan darinya. Mungkin karena saya sendiri juga malas belajar, haha, sehingga saya tahu tidak enaknya diajari tanpa kita sendiri mau. Tidak terkecuali dalam hal belajar bahasa. Continue reading “Dilema Mengenalkan Multi Bahasa ke Anak”