Elegant Edinburgh (3)

Elegant Edinburgh (3)

To read before: Part 2

Day 4 (16 December 2014)

After 2 days fully exploring the city center, we decided to see another part of Edinburgh. We went to coastal area of this city where there lay “Britannia” royal yacht, a vessel that used to sail around the world by British royal family. My classmate, Lukas from Germany, joined Lely and I for this trip. We met at city center and went together by bus to the Ocean Terminal, a beach-side shopping mall and an entrance to Britannia.

Britannia, apparently was not a huge ship I imagined as Titanic-look like. However, still it looks majestic. It hasn’t been sailing anymore since 1997, and now permanently moored at Edinburgh’s coast, connected to Ocean Terminal. It is now a kind of Royal Museum that become one of the most popular tourist attraction at Edinburgh. An adult ticket to enter Britannia was priced £12.75, but we got student’s discount to be £11.50 (don’t forget to bring your student ID!).

Her Majesty's Yacht "Britannia" (photo by Lely Tri W)

Her Majesty’s Yacht “Britannia” (photo by Lely Tri W)

Before entering the yacht we were equipped with a kind of walkie-talkie that contained audio explanation of Britannia’s each room. The audio was available in several languages (even Thai) but not Bahasa Indonesia 🙁 so we chose English instead.

There were twenty-something rooms inside the 3-levels deck. We went through almost all parts of the yacht, from the forecastle, car garage, royal family’s bedroom, dining room, bar, crew’s room, even the laundry and mini-hospital. All rooms were carefully designed as it was used before. You really can sense the feeling of ‘royal heritage’ here. Well I’m not that into British Royal family things, but if you’re fan of them (like Lely), you will be really satisfied by this yacht original exhibition. You can imagine how Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Prince William and Harry, and other royal family members spend the past days sailing on this yacht.

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The forecastle

View from the side

View from the side

 

Front deck

Front deck

Ring the bell

Ring the bell

It’s a coincidence that I went there right on my parents’ 25th wedding anniversary. I took this chance by making a short congratulation video in front of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s honeymoon suite (well I don’t know if it’s good choice considering what happened to their marriage–but anyway :p).

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Charles-Diana honeymoon suite

The Queen's bedroom

The Queen’s bedroom

The Prince's bedroom

The Prince’s bedroom

The recreation room

The recreation room

The dining room

The dining room

The hall

The hall

The pretty stairs

The pretty stairs

The old photograph

The old photograph

 

The Royal Deck Tea Room. Enjoy ocean view along with British tea

The Royal Deck Tea Room. Enjoy ocean view along with British tea

 

Cheers!

Cheers!

After exploring Britannia, we walked through Ocean Terminal and try to find something to eat. However, we ended up going back to city center and eat at Yokoco again^^” I felt a bit regret to forget visiting Edinburgh Royal Garden. It was actually near Ocean Terminal, however since the sky is getting darker (and I was starving) we decide to rush back to the city.

I spent the last night in hostel by sitting in the lounge, having some conversation with Alex, a French guy who’d been my roommate along with Sharon. Oh, I also unexpectedly met an Indonesian family in this hostel the morning before (mom, dad, and son). They had holiday while attending their son’s graduation from Queen’s Mary College at London. I was so surprised (and happy) to meet them. We were walking together to the city center but I forgot to ask their contact :/

Day 5 (17 December 2014)

It was a packing day! Lely and I decided to get the most of our last day by taking pictures of some beautiful objects around the city. We will continue our trip to London by train at 11 am. It’s sooo sad to leave Edinburgh 🙁 I have fallen in love to the city. I promise will go back again by the next summer (well I really hope so!)

St Giles Cathedral (photo by Lely Tri W)

St Giles Cathedral (photo by Lely Tri W)

Edinburgh Central Mosque

Edinburgh Central Mosque

To be continued in London (Part 1).

Elegant Edinburgh (2)

Elegant Edinburgh (2)

To read before: Part 1

Day 3 (15 December 2014)

One thing I really wanted to do in Edinburgh was: hiking! Yes, there’s a hill in the middle of city named Arthur’s Seat, where you can see all the city view from this top. It wasn’t really a difficult route, just take around 2-3 hours to go upside down. However, during my 4 days stay I didn’t get a chance to hike this hill 🙁 A bit disappointed but I promise will go back here again. I hope I can re-visit Edinburgh next summer to do these things: reach Arthur’s Seat and watching Royal Military Tattoo at Edinburgh’s Castle!

Eventhough didn’t manage to hike Arthur’s Seat, we did reach one of Edinburgh’s highest point: Calton Hill. It wasn’t even actually a real hill, just a fancy park that located in higher place. But from there, you can enjoy a very very dramatic scenery of Edinburgh. It was sooooo pretty!

Welcome to Calton Hill

Welcome to Calton Hill

Dugald Stewart Monument and Edinburgh city center (photo by Lely Tri W)

Dugald Stewart Monument and Edinburgh city center (photo by Lely Tri W)

 

Edinburgh and its sea shore

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Princes Street view from Calton Hill (photo by Lely Tri W)

We got new friend accompanied us here, Mas Salam, an Indonesian student at University of Edinburgh. He became a ‘tour guide’ for our trip to Calton Hill and brought us to some recommended food place at Edinburgh Old Town. It was always nice to have ‘local people’ to show you some hidden gems of the city you travel to 🙂

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Edinburgh and its sea shore

Undescribably beautiful

 

Try to climb this pillar and feel the heavy wind!

Try to climb this pillar and feel the heavy wind!

View from the top of pillar (photo by Lely Tri W)

View from the top of pillar (photo by Lely Tri W)

 

Still at Calton Hill

Still at Calton Hill

Calton Hill view from below

Calton Hill icon from below

 

Selfie time! ;)

Selfie time! 😉 (photo by some random Chinese guy)

Calton Hill is definitely a must-see tourism object at Edinburgh. Eventhough the wind at the top was unbelievably strong and freezing, the splendid view was really worth it! It’s also a perfect place for people who want to enjoy Edinburgh’s top scenery without heavy-hiking (eventhough still, I want to hike Arthur’s Seat). Oh, and the good news is, it’s free 🙂

At the afternoon Mas Salam brought us to Yocoko Noodle Bar, a small Japanese restaurant in Old Town which is incredibly tasty (and not costly). After having the late lunch, we continued our walk to University of Edinburgh. It’s one of the oldest University in Scotland (not to be confused with St Andrews University, the Prince William almamater) and currently rank World’s Best 20 Universities.

One of the University's building

One of the University’s building

At the evening, after accompanying Sharon went back to Manchester at Waverley station, Lely and I again visited Princes Street Chrismast Market. For me I went here three-times in a row and never get bored! We decided to enjoy the night view by taking a ride on “Edinburgh’s Eye”. Perfect scenery from above 🙂

Standing near Edinburgh's Eye

Standing near Edinburgh’s Eye

One thing I admire about Edinburgh is its city design. It seems like this city actually had a wavy-bumpy surface formed by natural hilly contours. Whoever the city designer was, he succesfully changed the wavy contours to be exceptional architectural masterpiece. You can feel it especially when walking around the city center. The roads were upside-down, but somehow the bridge, the buildings, the castles, the hills, everything was just placed accordingly to create breath-taking view anywhere you look. And still you have that ancient buildings which are well-preserved, make it feels like walking through Medieval Ages anywhere you go. See? Great combination of nature and history. It’s like getting two of my favorite things in the present of Edinburgh 🙂

Well, the story hasn’t yet to be ended!

Places Visited & Budget Spent

Calton Hill

Entrance ticket = free

Edinburgh’s Old Town

Well it’s just streets with old buildings, gift shops, and nice restaurants, so it’s free! Yet so pretty!

Princes Street Christmas Market

Edinburgh’s Eye = £6 (student’s concession)

Food

Yokoco’s stir-fried duck = almost £5

Yokoco’s fried rice = £2.65

It came with big portion so I shared both of the meals with my friend so we just pay half each 🙂

To be continued in Part 3.

Elegant Edinburgh (1)

Elegant Edinburgh (1)

Day 1 (13 December 2014)

As I walked down the street in that biting cold evening, the shrilly sound of bagpipes vaguely reached my ears. I speeded up my steps to look for the source of the sound, and surprisingly found a young man wearing that traditional tartan kilt in front of a hotel’s gate. Few people flocked up around him while he continuously play the bagpipes. By that time I realized that I’ve already arrived at Scotland, in its capital city of Edinburgh 🙂

Typical Scottish man with tartan kilt and bagpipes

Traditional Scottish man with tartan kilt and bagpipes

I got 4 days and 4 nights to explore this stunningly wondrous city. Edinburgh is like an elegant lady. She has that perfect combination of everlasting beauty. Her amazing natural landscapes and fascinating antique buildings were beautifully wrapped up by impressive city design. She’s just simply magnificent!

Edinburgh: castles everywhere, just like a Harry Potter world in real life

Edinburgh: castles everywhere, just like a Harry Potter world in real life

I spent the first evening to enjoy night view of Princes Street (princes not princess). It’s pretty easy to explore Edinburgh since most of tourist attractions are located in this city center area: Edinburgh’s Castle, Scottish National Gallery, Princes Street Christmas Market, Old Town, and all the shopping centers. Even Scottish National Museum, University of Edinburgh, Arthur’s Seat, and Calton Hill are also located in walkable distance from city center. I think walking is the best way to explore Edinburgh. Every single step taken was worth it because every road and building is just a perfect photography spot 😉 Still, you need that full-set of winter outfit to brace yourself: it’s Scotland!

Princess Street Christmas Market, stunning view at night (photo by Lely)

Princess Street Christmas Market, stunning view at night (photo by Lely Tri W)

Day 2 (14 December 2014)

I stayed in a hostel dormitory room with 16 beds inside. It was the first time of my life to stay in a hostel, and I was actually a bit worried (I mean, you slept with 16 strangers!). However, I guess I’m lucky to meet nice people there. I met a nice Taiwanese girl and we soon became friends. For two days she joined me and my friend to explore Edinburgh. Sharon, Lely, and I were walking around the city center together.

Three of us

Three of us

In the morning we started our tour by exploring Princes Street Christmas Market. I have never heard of Christmas Market tradition before, and I think it’s something very European. Apparently it was originated in Germany (Wiki said)–no wonder you can find many traditional German culinaries in most Christmas market. Actually it’s very similar with Indonesian “pasar malam” (night market), where people sell food and drinks in open stalls, accompanied by some games and toys (merry-go-round etc). However, this one was incomparably pretty!

A group of street musician playing Christmas carol at Princess Street Christmas Market

A group of street musician playing Christmas carol at Princess Street Christmas Market

Just beside the Christmas Market it was Scottish National Gallery. Many European historical paintings are exhibited here, including special gallery for Scottish art. To be honest I don’t really understand the History of Art (and all those paintings), but sometimes it can show you some surprising piece of historical information.

Painting about the beheading of St John the Baptist

Painting about the beheading of St John the Baptist

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Just about 10 minutes walk from Scottish National Gallery, we can reach Edinburgh Castle on top of the Castle Hill. However, it was a bad weather that day. Strong wind and heavy rain kept coming as we’re trapped in a souvenir store near the castle. As a result, we didn’t have time to explore the castle as the night started to fall (4 pm is almost sunset). Besides, it costs £16 per person to enter the castle and my British housemate said it wasn’t worth it (well for us that’s quite huge money for a castle view).

Just a shot of picture in front of castle is enough :)

Just a shot of picture in front of castle is enough 🙂

After having late lunch, we continued our walk to Scottish National Museum. It’s just few minutes walk from University of Edinburgh. I liked the tunnel design of museum receptionist, and also the main hall beautiful interior. It’s just wow! They have quite many interesting collections there to explore, eventhough not as much as British Museum of course.

Breath-taking Scottish National Museum design

Breath-taking Scottish National Museum design (photo by Lely Tri W)

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The museum was closed at 17.00 so we’re quite in a rush. After that Sharon and I went back to Christmas Market to enjoy the night view (I ended up visiting this market 3 times, never get bored :D). We walked home to the hostel together and buy some food in Tesco. Hostel is a perfect place to stay for low-budget backpacker like us. Aside from its cheap rate (I paid only £31 for 4 nights stay, the same price can’t even pay for 1 night hotel stay), it provides complete kitchen so we can cook our own meal. That night we bought some raw food in supermarket and cook it for dinner and breakfast–save a lot!

Places Visited & Budget Spent

The Hostel (accross Haymarket Station)

Charge per night = around £7.75 in my case. The cheapest one I could find around Edinburgh. Prices may change depend on booking time and staying time.

Princes Street Christmas Market

Entrance ticket = free

Scottish National Gallery

Entrance ticket = free

Edinburgh’s Castle

Entrance ticket = £16 (I didn’t get in though)

Scottish National Museum

Entrance ticket = free

Bus Ticket

One way = £1.30, Day rider = £3.50

Food

Taco Mazama Mexican Kitchen = £4 for small burittos

Tesco’s raw food = just like normal supermarket anywhere. Consider buy raw food and cook yourself! (another friend even brought a rice-cooker for 6 people traveling around Scotland)

To be continued in Part 2.

Jakarta Koper vs Jakarta Ransel

Jakarta Koper vs Jakarta Ransel

Jakarta, ibukota yang nggak ada matinya. Kota di mana mimpi-mimpi terwujud, juga kota di mana mimpi-mimpi menjadi pupus. Kota di mana orang kaya merasa sangat kaya, dan orang miskin merasa sangat miskin. Well, maybe I’m lucky to experience both: menjadi tourist yang menenteng koper dengan bujet berlebih, juga menjadi traveler kere yang cuma bermodal ransel di punggung. Baik dengan koper maupun dengan ransel, kamu menikmati Jakarta dengan cara yang berbeda.

Jakarta from above

TRANSPORTASI

Cara Koper

Dengan bujet berlebih kamu bisa pergi-pulang naik pesawat, dengan transport bandara senyaman mungkin. Berangkat ke bandara Juanda naik taksi, keluar dari bandara Cengkareng dijemput mobil carteran atau naik taksi lagi, wuih bener2 zhen fangbian dan gak perlu mikir apa2 lagi deh. Mau argo taksi berjalan terus menggila juga enggak bakalan deg-degan, duit ada berlimpah di tangan. Yang penting sampek tujuan dengan cepat dan nyaman 😎

Itu soal transport antar kota. Soal transport dalam kota, ke mana-mana kamu  tinggal nyegat atau telepon BlueBird. Ini dia taksi biru yang merajai jalanan Jakarta. Pokoknya kalo pengin aman dan nyaman di Jakarta lebih baik pakai taksi ini (dan taksi lainnya yang satu grup kayak White Horse, Silver Bird, etc). Enaknya pakai BlueBird mereka sudah punya sistem canggih dan terintegrasi yang bisa mendeteksi apapun, termasuk barang yang ketinggalan di dalam taksi (I’ll tell you later about it).

Yang ini juga “BlueBird”…edisi roda tiga 😛

Nah, jadi intinya kalo kamu ke mana-mana naik taksi, kamu enggak perlu merasakan panas-panasan, desek-desekan, gak perlu khawatir kecopetan dan segala macam momok transportasi umum Jakarta. Habis belanja dari mall lantai sepuluh enggak perlu susah2 turun nenteng belanjaan sampai pinggir jalan untuk nyegat bajaj, cukup ke pangkalan taksi yang sudah available di lantai atas. Walaupun terjebak macet kamu juga nggak merasa gerah, tinggal tidur-tiduran aja di dalam taksi ber-AC, gak perlu deg-degan biarpun argo jalan terus. Pokoknya kamu gak akan merasakan tersengat teriknya matahari Jakarta. Keluar gedung ber-AC langsung masuk taksi ber-AC, keluar lagi langsung masuk gedung ber-AC lagi…wuih mantap. Gak keringetan dan gak kumus-kumus. Emang enak sih jadi turis berduit 😀

Cara Ransel

Seapes-apesnya cara ransel adalah NAIK BIS. Peringatan ya, kalo gak siap capek, pegel, bosen, badan sakit semua, jangan pernah sekalipun naik bis ke Jakarta. Terutama untuk kamu2 yang rumahnya jauh. Mendingan naik kereta ekonomi deh. Lebih murah dan lebih cepet. Tiket KA Ekonomi Surabaya-Jakarta cuma Rp 110.000, lama perjalanan sekitar 12-14 jam. Kalo naik bis (eksekutif Rp 285.000), paling cepat kamu bisa sampai dalam 18 jam, dan kalau apes kena macet+mogok+dll (which is hampir selalu ada), kamu bisa 24 jam full di dalem bis. Gila deh pokoknya, bikin kapok.

Misalnya kamu pas beruntung dapet tiket pesawat murah, bersiaplah ke bandara dengan cara ransel juga. Kamu harus jalan dulu, nyegat angkot, oper bis kota, hingga akhirnya sampai di Terminal Bungurasih. Dari Terminal Bungurasih barulah kamu bisa naik bis Damri khusus ke Juanda. Yang bikin deg-degan adalah, karena kamu naik transportasi umum yang gak jelas waktunya (suka ngetem, suka macet, ditungguin gak dateng2) kamu harus pastikan punya spare time waktu yang banyak sebelum pesawatmu berangkat. Misalnya kalo naik taksi kamu cuma butuh waktu satu jam ke bandara, kalo naik transport umum kamu harus siap sekitar 3 jam sebelumnya. Karena kamu nggak pernah tahu apa yang bakal terjadi di jalan…serius. Ya namanya aja cara murah, rugi waktu gak masalah yang penting bisa nyampek kan.

Selama di Jakarta, bujet minim memaksamu untuk mengambil segala alternatif transportasi umum rakyat jelata. Bye bye taksi. Sekarang kamu harus nekat naik bus KOPAJA, metromini, angkot, bajaj, dan sejenisnya itu deh. Sebenernya yang agak mendingan itu ya naik bus Transjakarta. Busnya adem dan relatif nyaman lah ya biarpun bête juga sih kalo pas lagi desek-desekan. Tiketnya cuma Rp 3.500 dan kamu udah bisa oper ke manapun. Cuma ya itu, bus ini belum menjangkau semua daerah Jakarta. Dan juga, bus ini lebih cocok dipakai kalau kamu enggak terburu waktu, apalagi kalo kamu mesti transit oper bus bakal makan waktu banget untuk nungguin busnya. Di jalan2 protokol Jakarta, halte bus ini sudah terintegrasi dengan jembatan penyeberangan lho, keren kan. Jadi pejalan kaki bisa berjalan dan menyeberang dengan aman ke halte bus Transjakarta.

Tiket bus Transjakarta

Yang paling “horor” adalah naik KOPAJA. Ini bus udah bobrok, larinya ugal-ugalan, dan kalo berhenti sistemnya pake “kernet ketok2 kaca sambil teriak2” gitu. Udah gitu ngebutnya nista banget, dan bakalan apes banget kalo kamu pas harus berdiri sehingga badanmu jadi doyong ke sana kemari. Bener2 latihan jaga keseimbangan pokoknya. Kondisi busnya bener2 parah, bahkan ada bus yang beberapa kursinya udah dipreteli, entah karena rusak atau supaya bisa muat penumpang lebih banyak. Yah namanya juga cuma bayar Rp 2.000, gak ada yang bisa diharapkan lah ya.

Kalo angkot di Jakarta lumayan banyak macemnya, yang pernah saya naikin dari halte busway Pemuda menuju Terminal Rawamangun ini termasuk bagus sih mobilnya model kayak APV gitu moncongnya warna biru muda. Ya pokoknya standar kayak angkot2 pada umumnya gitu deh. Bayarnya waktu itu saya kasih Rp 2.000 aja soalnya deket, gak tau juga aslinya berapa ya :p

Kalo kamu pingin transportasi yang bisa “custom” tujuannya, pilih aja bajaj atau ojek. Tapi harus pinter2 nawar ya. Naik bajaj kalo enggak pinter nawar jatuhnya bisa hampir sama kayak naik taksi lho. Bajaj sekarang ada 2 jenis, yaitu bajaj oranye (BBM) dan bajaj biru (BBG). Meskipun pada kenyataannya bajaj biru tetap aja pakai BBM karena pom pengisian BBG masih jarang. Bedanya kalo bajaj biru suaranya lebih kalem daripada bajaj oranye yang “tereng teng teng teng” bikin orang sekampung pada noleh tiap kali si bajaj lewat. Yang bikin surem kalo sopir bajaj-nya suka ngepot. Bayangin di antara macetnya jalanan Jakarta dia meliuk-liukkan bajaj-nya pindah dari jalur satu ke jalur lainnya, gila bikin jantungan banget! Sopir bajaj-nya udah berasa kayak Lorenzo di lintasan MotoGP gitu. But it is a worth life experience though, kapan lagi sih bisa ngerasain pengalaman “ekstrim” ini 😀

Jadi intinya kalo kamu backpacker-an di Jakarta, nikmatilah keseruannya. Inilah saatnya di mana kamu benar2 merasakan menjadi rakyat jelata di kota metropolitan. Ngerasain gimana jalan di atas trotoar yang dipenuhi pedagang kaki lima, sehingga kamu harus melipir ke jalan raya dan berdempet-dempetan dengan sepeda motor di batas nyawa. Ngerasain teriknya matahari, bau keringat, wajah-wajah susah di pinggir jalan dan di kendaraan umum yang kamu naiki. Ya pokoknya welcome to the real Jakarta!
AKOMODASI

Cara Koper

Akomodasi cara koper ya nginep di hotel lah, apalagi coba. Hotel berbintang loh ya, bukan hotel2 melati atau “hotel” ala backpacker. Kamar lux, breakfast mantap, kolam renang, Wi-Fi, semua pegawai hotel tersenyum ramah padamu karena kamu adalah raja. Ya kan kamu yang bayar mereka. Tidur di Jakarta serasa tidur di pegunungan, karena AC nya begitu “nyeeesss” dan selimutnya begitu “nyuuusss”. Kalau malam2 kelaparan tinggal telepon restoran minta delivery, makananmu langsung dianter sampai ke depan pintu kamar dan kamu tinggal bersantap di atas kasur sambil nonton TV kabel. Bangun tidur tinggal pilih aja, mau sarapan atau olahraga atau mandi dulu. Kalau mau breakfast sudah tersedia menu ala chef dengan hidangan dari berbagai negara, segala macam nasi dan lauk-pauknya, segala varian roti dan isinya, dimsum, buah2an, salad, makanan-minuman yang kamu mungkin enggak pernah ngerti sebelumnya bisa kamu santap semua. Bahkan bisa kamu bungkus dan bawa ke kamar kalo kamu cukup enggak tahu malu seperti saya. Kalau mau olahraga tinggal nyebur ke kolam renang sepuasnya, atau mau nge-gym juga bisa. Kalau mau mandi ya udah tinggal masuk kamar mandi aja, masak mau dimandiin sih.

Resto hotel bintang empat…surga dunia!

Soal makanan, kamu juga enggak perlu khawatir karena banyak banget restoran2 berkelas yang siap melayani selera makan kamu. Kalo mau jadi turis yang agak “bersahaja”, kamu bisa pilih rumah makan atau resto siap saji standar dengan menu paling standar, palingan cuma keluar Rp 35.000- Rp 50.000 per orang sekali makan, standar banget lah.

Cara Ransel

Cara paling ngirit tinggal di Jakarta adalah tidur di kolong jembatan. Itu bagi kamu yang gak punya duit dan gak punya temen juga. Kalo kamu beruntung masih punya temen, kamu bisa numpang tidur di rumah temenmu (selama dia mau ditebengin). Namanya juga nebeng, harus siap dengan segala kondisi yang ada di tempat tinggal host. Kecuali host-mu super kaya, kamu gak akan bisa menikmati “tidur di Jakarta serasa tidur di pegunungan” kayak hotel berbintang. Tidur di Jakarta ya kayak tidur di Jakarta: panas, pengap, gerah, gak nyenyak, nyamuk, tikus, kecoa, laba-laba, kadal, dan ular berbisa *nah loh*

Kalau mau beli makan, dengan bujet ranselmu pilihan pun sama banyaknya, sebanyak WARTEG yang ada di Jakarta. Dibilang Warteg pun harga makanannya masih relatif lebih mahal daripada daerah lain. Enggak ada ceritanya Rp 10.000 bisa dapet lauk ayam. Kalau mau makanan harga di bawah Rp 10.000 ya nasi tahu tempe, atau pangsit mie, atau lontong sayur. Lumayan lah ya. Kalo mau ngirit banget, yaudah makan roti aja. Kalo masih laper, yaudah makan bungkusnya juga.

Tapi asyiknya cara ransel, kamu bisa menikmati penganan2 khas Jakarta yang cuma dijual di pinggir jalan. Sebut saja kerak telor, otak-otak ikan, rujak tumbuk, pokoknya yang gak akan kamu dapetin di restoran (kalopun ada udah bukan versi original). Ya dengan cara ini kamu bisa wisata kuliner se kuliner2nya, enggak cuma terbatas di tempat yang ada temboknya.

This is simply deliciosso!

JADI KESIMPULANNYA?

Jadi intinya mau melancong ke Jakarta dengan cara koper atau cara ransel semua punya keasyikan tersendiri. Jakarta memang identik dengan kesenjangan sosial. Menikmati dua cara ini kamu akan tau gimana rasanya jadi kalangan jetset sekaligus rakyat jelata di Jakarta. Bagi orang berduit, Jakarta tuh surga: nggak panas, nggak bising, semua fasilitas hidup lengkap tersedia. Yaiyalah kalo ke mana2 kamu pake mobil ber-AC, tinggal di ruang ber-AC, dan punya duit untuk menjangkau semua fasilitas hidup itu. Tapi bagi orang miskin, Jakarta itu neraka: panas, bising, kumuh, keras dan tidak peduli. Jakarta itu mahal, nggak ramah, nggak nyaman, sumpek dan memuakkan, bikin capek badan dan capek pikiran. Kesimpulannya, kalo gak kaya banget, mendingan jangan tinggal di Jakarta deh 😀

Patung Welcome Jakarta *numpang narsis*

Jogja-Gunung Kidul “Adventure” Trip

Jogja-Gunung Kidul “Adventure” Trip

Ini sedikit flashback aja sih tentang perjalanan saya dan teman2 kantor ke Jogja sekitar 2 bulan lalu (9-11 Maret 2013). Kami sembilan cewek yang  hobi jalan2 pengin aja gitu melancong ke Jogja, tepatnya ke daerah Gunung Kidul. Yang jelas ini perjalanan ala “backpacker”, karena kita gak ngambil paket tour dari suatu travel agent. Semua objek wisata, akomodasi, dan transportasi udah kita susun sendiri dari awal. Cukup melelahkan memang (terutama sulitnya cari akomodasi karena pas libur kejepit), but really, worth it! 😉

Cewek-cewek kantoran hobi jalan-jalan

Biarpun kalian udah pernah ke Jogja, tapi jarang  yang udah pernah ke Gunung Kidul kan? Daerah ini merupakan Kabupaten di Jogja yang paling miskin dan terbelakang, penduduknya sering kekurangan air, ya pokoknya kasian gitu deh. Padahal daerah gunung kapur ini potensi alamnya besar sekali lho. Well…bisa dibilang inilah surganya wisata alam Jogja! Well, kalau kamu pecinta nature travel, this is your home! Bayangin, dalam sehari aja, kita bisa mengunjungi 3 objek wisata alam berbeda dan semuanya gak ada yang mengecewakan! Simak nih ya:

1. Air Terjun Sri Gethuk

Air terjun kembar tiga. Tiket masuk cuma Rp 3.000. Kalo mau naik rakit tarif per orang sekali jalan Rp 5.000 (PP jadi Rp 10.000). Bening dan seger banget. Hati2 yah lantai air terjunnya licin, bisa kepeleset. Lebih bagus ke sini pas musim kemarau jadi sungainya enggak keruh kena lumpur.

Naik rakit menuju air terjun. Sayang pas musim ujan, jadi sungainya keruh.

Air Terjun Kembar Tiga

Jernihnya dan segarnya mata air…

Makan siang di pinggir kolam ikan

2. Cave Tubing Kalisuci

Ini yang paling asyik! Wisata susur gua di Indonesia satu2nya emang cuma ada di Gunung Kidul. Yang merintis ekowisata ini dulu adalah si Cahyo Alkantana–tau kan, petualang beken yang jadi host program “TEROKA” di Kompas TV itu loh. Tarifnya murah meriah, cuma Rp 65.000 per orang! (Bandingkan sama rafting yang bisa Rp 150.000-Rp 300.000 per orang).

Get ready before going down! Nine girls in action 😀

Basically di sini kamu di ajak menyusuri sungai dalam gua sambil naik ban (tube). Jadi bayangin aja badanmu telentang di atas ban dan kamu terombang-ambing mengikuti arus sungai, persis kayak kura-kura terbalik! 😀 Pada awalnya mungkin kamu bakalan takut memasuki gua yang gelap dan penuh kelelawar…tapi tenang aja, ada guide nya kok. Mereka yang membawa penerangan dan memberi penjelasan tentang relief2 dalam gua dll, kita tinggal tiduran sambil ngapung2 aja di atas ban =)) Well, di dalam gua gelap pekat sih, ya kayak mati lampu gitu. Mungkin kamu bakal merasa takut terpisah dari rombongan, apalagi kamu kan telentang jadi gak punya kontrol atas banmu. Tapi tenang aja, posisi kita udah dibikin berantai, kaki satu orang terkait pada pundak orang di depannya dan dipegang erat, jadi kita gak bakal terpisah.

Siap2 sebelum masuk gua

Kamu penasaran pengin lihat kelelawar dalam gua? Well, agak mengecewakan sih, soalnya di dalem gua gelap banget jadi kelelawarnya  enggak bisa kelihatan jelas, paling cuma kedengeran suara berisiknya aja (dan hati2 kejatuhan kotorannya :P) Lagian kata guide-nya, kelelawar di dalam gua semakin sedikit karena guanya sering dilewati wisatawan.

“Pating kemampul” di atas ban, kayak kura2 kebalik 😛

Menurutku bagian paling mengasyikkan dari cave tubing ini yaa…sensasi mengapung di atas bannya itu. Pas kita udah keluar gua, kita bisa telentang melihat langit dengan jelas. Feels so relaxing. Damai banget, terombang-ambing mengikuti arus sungai sambil lihat langit yang jernih. Sampe merem-melek gitu hihihi.

Sudah keluar dari mulut gua

POSE BINTANG 😀

Kalau tertarik pengin coba wisata Cave Tubing Kalisuci ini, silakan aja hubungi CP-nya. Namanya Pak Muslam (087 738 794 513). Sebenernya ada banyak gua lain yang bisa buat cave tubing, misalnya Gua Pindul, tapi infonya cari sendiri yah, hehehe. Oiya, kalau mau wisata cave tubing ini harus dilakukan pada saat musim kemarau, karena kalau pas hujan deras berbahaya bisa mengakibatkan kematian. Waspadalah!

3. Pantai Indrayanti

Ini juga asyik! Inilah pantai terkeren yang pernah saya datangi, terutama karena berhasil dapet foto sunset yang keren2! 😀 Memang Gunung Kidul terkenal dengan pantai2nya yang eksotis, yah kayak Malang Selatan gitu deh. Tapi bedanya di sini lebih dijaga kebersihannya dan lebih serius dikembangkan sebagai objek wisata. Di pantai ini juga ada semacam baywatch dan petugas kebersihan pantai lho! Toiletnya juga banyak dan bersih. Jadi ini pantainya betul2 bersih sekali enggak ada sampah, keren kan!

Pantai Indrayanti: laut biru, pasir putih, dan bukit karang

Pantai Indrayanti dilihat dari puncak bukit karang…KEREN!

Deburan ombak dari puncak bukit karang

Waktu yang paling tepat untuk datang ke sini sekitar jam setengah 5 sore. Matahari nya betul2 bagus dan kamu gak perlu menunggu lama untuk berburu sunset. Paling seru kalau kamu naik sampai puncak bukit karang dan menikmati pemandangan dari atas sana…betul2 luar biasa. Bikin kamu menahan napas dan berdecak kagum. Kamu serasa ada di puncak dunia *tsaaahhh* Yang sedikit merusak suasana adalah banyaknya muda-mudi pacaran sembarangan, jadi enggak khusyuk deh menikmati pemandangan alam *aslinya kepingin sih* 😛

Nih yaaaaaaaa…saya mau pamer foto-foto sunset yang keren-keren ini…Duh berasa udah jadi fotografer kalender aja. Tapi serius, pantai ini wajib dikunjungi bagi para pemburu sunset!

Sunset yang kereeeeennnnnnn bangeeetttttttt

Siluet sunset

Sunset yang SANGAT KEREN, Bali gak ada apa2nya!

 

Nah demikian sedikit kilas balik tentang perjalanan ke Jogja. Sebenernya hari kedua kami jalan2 di kota Jogja-nya sih, naik TransJogja, ke Candi Prambanan, Cokelat Monggo, Malioboro, dll. Tapi kayaknya udah biasa gitu, jadi gak perlu diceritain lah ya. Yang jelas, selamat mencoba wisata Gunung Kidul…! 😀