THAILAND- A NOT TO-DO LIST

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You’re heading to Thailand? Great. You read the headline with the list of things you are not supposed to do, so I guess you are

1) really obeyant and don’t want to do anything wrong, then don’t worry- you wouldn’t probably do any of these anyways; or you are 2) very rebellious, then I welcome you to my page, my dear friend! I dare you 😉 But leave out the part with elephants, please!

#1 TOUCH A MONK

Yeah, monk touching! As a guy: skip this one. As a women: Don’t you dare touch a monk! Women are dirty, unholy and tempt men into doing things that are not holy either. Just kidding, but … seriously! Just don’t touch them!

INSIDE WONDERLAND- HOW I LOST MY MEMORY

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I opened my eyes. The bed sheets were really comfortable. One of those feathery badass ones that make you want to stay in bed all day long. The crying eyes of my Mom made me want to leave this bed pretty quickly.

The lights were too bright.

A nurse was walking past my bed – my parents smiled at me with sad eyes.

I fucked up- I thought. I had done something REALLY bad. I had seen those faces before. There you go … Some serious conversation is going to happen. Where is the door? I couldn’t get up …

THE UMBRELLA PEOPLE OF THE BOROBUDUR TEMPLE

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Borobudur. The world’s largest Buddhist temple, located in central Java. It took me 17 hours to reach it from Bali and I have to say it was worth the struggle… hadn’t there been the umbrella people.

UMBRELLA PEOPLE 
[Am'brela Pi:pl]

Human beings of Chinese or Japanese origin holding up devices consisting of a circular canopy of cloth on a folding metal frame supported by a central rod, used as a sight block against other human beings. Collectively gathering around world wonders, they are generally known as "The ones who displease". They feed on pictures, especially photos they have taken of themselves.

VOLCANO WONDERLAND: SCREAMING CATS & HOODED MEN

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I was in the car for hours and hours and hours. The trip didn’t seem to end. My driver got his 5-year-old boy to join the journey and probably blocked out the fact that it was only me in the car, who couldn’t speak Indonesian fluently. Seemed fair.

The road to our hotel in Java seemed like the pathway to hell. It was dark, foggy and there was no electricity in the villages that we passed. The houses were either abandoned or inhabited by hooded people who carried around candles.

Alright. I was in a horror movie! 

BUMPY ROADS TO BUTTERFLY COUNTRY

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“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly,
“one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”

Leaving Bali felt right. I started to get too comfortable and needed something new. But before heading to Java, there was something I needed to do. Full of the excitement that lies in heading to unknown places, I was ready to start a new adventure and felt like walking out of an action movie. You know that feeling when you leave the cinema and you actually are the hero that saved the world. That was me on this day, ready to master everything that got into my way… until I saw that angry guy in a uniform standing right next to my scooter.

ROAD TRIP TO LOVINA

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YAY! A road trip! I LOVE those! Though this one was a bit fancier than normal: We had a driver. His name was Agung, he lived close to us in Ubud and didn’t talk much, but he nodded. So every time he did that, I pictured him saying “Yes great! Awesome” and this is how we got along.

Our first stop took us to a mountain that overlooked the “Tamblingan Lake” and the “Buyan Lake”. Huge bats and snakes were carried around by some guys who wanted money for a picture. And when I say huge bats I mean 2 massive meter bats!