Thursday, April 16, 2009

Lesson from 18 Years Ago

Written on a very comfortable brown couch at 1 AM and feeling so great. April 7, 2009. Shanghai.

Eighteen years ago, my father took us moving from Sumatra to Jakarta in a 17 hours road trip. I was once so weak that I couldn't handle it, so I threw up somewhere on the road. It was huge trip yet a very good lesson of surviving whilst traveling. Ever since, I always enjoy any kind of it. And I know anything happened in our life is never a coincidence. There's always reason for everything. Universe might teach me how to travel and survive.

This time I am in Shanghai, and it is just so great to see places I never imagine I would be in, to taste flavor I never knew existed and to see unexpected people, from whom I could learn many things in life. I'm so grateful for this life and I feel blessed. Rush hours I had during the trip while catching up the bus in a station with all those Chinese writing was just so worth it. I never imagine there would be a great person like Jake, my host in Hangzhou. And I never imagine I would enjoy my trip on the bus, after a very tiring day. The lesson my father taught whilst moving from Sumatra to Jakarta was like dejavu for my trip now. And it's never been a coincidence after all.

This time I would like to show how grateful I am to have a host like Jacob Rivkin and his room mate, Chyrill, during my stay in Hangzhou. A late night pick-up in an alien place at a very cold night. A lesson of some Chinese words. A bottle of mineral water on the way to Shanghai. Meditation on the floor I learnt from him. A decent talk on religion topic and how universe is bigger than everything in life. Nice shrimps for lunch. And last but not least, hippie dancing in the midst of local people in the train station! And I still remember every detail of life moving in Hangzhou and I just want to show my gratitude for a blessing I had in there, a romantically gloomy city in China.

For Jake and for the universe who always sees us.

Have a blast!

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