Tomorrow I leave on the next leg of my journey: Indonesia. I will be flying to Semarang in Central Java where my family live. On Sunday I will meet my Indonesian family for the first time since I was a teenager. I am very excited about it because I have long felt a connection with my Indonesian heritage. I intend to spend a bit of time riding a motorbike around Central and East Java, with my main focus being East Java. Then I will spend a week in Semarang with my grandmother who lives in Holland but is traveling to Indonesia to revisit the land of her birth and childhood. I’ll end the trip with a few days exploring Central Java with my mum who will also be visiting Indonesia.
It’s going to be a very different trip to Korea in many ways. Rather than being on my bicycle, I will be riding a motorbike and taking public transport. Rather than being alone and meeting backpackers, I will be spending a lot of time with family. Rather than being in a clean and technologically advanced country, I will be using squat toilets and am likely to share the odd hotel room with a cockroach or two.
I am excited. It’s going to be an adventure. And I cannot wait to spend the next month eating Indonesian street food.