Next week, I get to return to one of my favorite places in the world – Indonesia. After living for two years in this wonderful country, I always look forward to visiting the people, eating great food, and seeing fun sights. This trip will be no different! (We have asked one of our Good Neighbor Insurance associates to share their thoughts for the week – here is one of their travel stories).
I’m looking forward to exploring new places – Medan, Makassar, and Bau-Bau. And returning to favorite places – Bogor (or the puncak), Bandung, and Tanggerang. Bandung is definitely my favorite city in Indonesia, and one of my favorite cities in the world. Why? You ask. Oh, where to begin. Well, for one thing, the people are great. Sundanese people (the main ethnic group in Bandung) are known throughout Indonesia for being friendly, and they do not disappoint! And although there are many people in Bandung who are not Sunda, their friendliness permeates into everyone else, giving Bandung people a friendly, small town attitude, even though it’s one of the bigger cities in Indonesia. Another thing I’m looking forward to is going to Anata Salon and getting a creambath. Just so you know, a creambath is not a bath in cream. It is a wonderful experience with a deep-conditioning hair treatment, a neck, back, and arm massage and exfoliation, and a blow-out. And all of this costs around $10! I have gotten creambaths at multiple salons, but none compare to Anata. Last year, I “splurged” and got a mani-pedi, which was also wonderful, and I’ll probably do the same this year.
Another thing I enjoy doing in Bandung is enjoying nature. The Bandung area has many beautiful places to go hiking. There are several volcanoes in the area, as well as beautiful waterfalls and tea plantations. Last year I got to go to Kawa Putih (White Crater) a volcano with an absolutely beautiful crater lake with a light green-turquoise color. If you want to experience a tea plantation, go to Patengan Lake, which is right beside the Rancabali tea plantation. There are little shops to get food by the lake, and you can also rent a boat to go across the lake over to the tea plantation on the other side. Batu Cinta (love rock) is also over on the other side, which like most other things in Indonesia, has a myth. The lake is close to Kawa Putih, so these two things together make a good day trip if you want to venture out of the city.
Indonesia also has amazing food, and one place you need to go while you’re there is Earthquake Sate. It is the best sate in Bandung, and some of the best in Indonesia. They have chicken, beef, and goat sate. Typically, I don’t like goat sate because it’s too tough, but the goat sate at Earthquake is not tough at all. I know, you’re probably thinking, I can get sate at any Thai restaurant in the States! But it’s not the same. Indonesian sate is unique in that they grill it over coconut husks, so that the flavor of the husks goes into the meat, giving it an amazing flavor. Typically sate in Indonesia comes with 2 sauces – a spicy peanut sauce, and a sweet and spicy soy sauce. It is also usually served with lontong, which is rice that’s been cooked inside a banana leaf tube, pressing the rice together, giving it a potato-type consistency. It’s SO GOOD. And that, my friends, is Bandung.
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