Let’s all travel vicariously during the coronavirus era, and to start us off, I’m going to start posting photoblogs of my January/February trip to Indonesia!
My trip to Indonesia had been planned a year in advance. I planned a dive trip with Ray of Hope Expeditions, and looked forward to seeing good friends again and diving Raja Ampat on a new liveaboard, the Coralia. The trip did not disappoint!
Getting there was the issue. I usually use award miles on these long, long flights because with my chronic back pain and other issues, I just cannot fly coach. I flew from Dallas to Narita (Tokyo) on Japan Airlines (they are awesome), Narita to Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur to Depensar Bali (on Malaysian Air, another great airline, to Makassar, finally arriving in Sorong on Garuda Indonesia, the official airline of Indonesia! Yes, a very long trip. (The Garuda (Sanskrit: गरुड़ Garuḍa; Pāli: गरुळ Garuḷa) is a legendary bird or bird-like creature in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain mythology. He is variously the vehicle mount (vahana) of the Hindu god Vishnu, a dharma-protector and Astasena in Buddhism, and the Yaksha of the Jain Tirthankara Shantinatha. Garuda is Indonesia’s symbol).
It took 3 days just to get there! After arriving, I stayed at the Swissbel Hotel, and spent the day in my room, resting, sleeping and eating. I really enjoyed hearing the prayers all day from the mosque located not far from the hotel. I opened my balcony so I could hear them.
So, welcome to the start of my fabulous trip, and the next blog will be the introduction to the Coralia and diving in Raja Ampat!!! As I said, we need to travel vicariously during the coronavirus era!
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