July 10th & 11th, 2021 – Listening to IU’s LILAC.
My best (and also most favourite) vacation memory gotta be my second trip to Bali. The first time I went to Bali was for school trips. Because it’s a schedule-packed trip to Surabaya and Bali, with hundreds of students, the experience was more exhausting than refreshing for me. It almost felt like a prolonged P.E. class, only with more travels and bus seats for resting instead of wooden chairs. The crossing to Bali from Java island using ferry ship was also uncomfortable because it’s done in the middle of the night when we’re all tired and greasy from days not taking a proper bath. Even after we arrived in Bali, it still took us a day to reach the hotel (due to hectic schedule).
My second trip to Bali was done with family. It’s actually also a school trip, but my father’s instead of mine, and with teachers and their family members instead of students. There was only one bus if I remember correctly. Fewer people, of course, when compared to my own school trips. Since it’s for teachers, the budget was also a bit higher. Hence bus with AC, bigger hotel room, and less crowded restaurants. The schedule was also more relaxing because the destination was only Bali.
With parents travelling beside me, I didn’t have to worry about money, so I could freely buy things I wanted; foods, clothes, and souvenirs. I also bought an oil painting. We still hung the painting in the living room. I think it’s the most valuable memory from the trip even if my parents strongly disagreed.
During that trip though, my younger sister got sick. She was never comfortable travelling with car and the long period of bus and ship ride clearly didn’t sit well for her. I remember one night when she got fever and even vomited. My memory was a bit hazy, but I think my mother also got sick during the trip.
Another memory I treasured the most from the trip was when we went to a lake. Bali was known for its beaches, but I am an avid lover of big lakes. I still remember the cold air that surrounded me during our ride around the lake using motor boat. It was so refreshing. We also bought some strawberries on the way home.
If I can afford it, I wouldn’t mind going for a trip to Bali again. Even visiting only that lake would be nice. Maybe it doesn’t even have to be in Bali. I just like lakes so much that going for a walk near my university’s lakes is usually more than enough to lift my mood. Once, I even made a joke that I only chose my current university for its lake and not for its prestigious reputation nor its major. In the future, during my golden age, I also want to have a house near a lake. It doesn’t have to be big. A wooden house with a small lake the size of indoor swimming pool are enough. If not a lake, then a river. If not a river, I will settle for a small pond with water lily and lotus, with stone to sit on during the hot afternoon. How nice it would be to spend the remaining days of your life in such a beautiful place.
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