VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 8: Chéticamp, NS

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 8: Chéticamp, NS

Out of all places I travelled to within this nearly one month trip, Chéticamp offers the most unexpected journey indeed. Many things didn’t actually go as I planned, but at the end of the day, I realized that those are all the facts that made this journey very remarkable. And still, that shifting plans do not change the fact that this small town located just outside the entrance of the Cape Breton National Park is such a charm worth uncovering; with its bluish scene of the limitless Atlantic Ocean and the sparkling drops of goldish sun rays touching it, wildflowers…

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 7: Cape Breton National Park (i)

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 7: Cape Breton National Park (i)

To me, Cape Breton National Park simply redefines Canadian beauty to another level. The eight-hour tour of Cabot Trail gave me perfectly amazing first impression and glances of the outer boundary of the park, but the acadian, boreal, and taiga forest hidden inside the park is another gem yet to be discovered. What sort of beauty hidden behind those uprising highland plateau covered in green? What kind of wild lives disguised among those dark, yet enchanting woodland? How does it feel like to view the most picturesque sunset submerging to the depth of the ocean from the one of those…

From Illinois to California on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief

From Illinois to California on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief

I ended 2016 and began 2017 doing something I never really thought in a lifetime I would do: taking a train trip from the very easternmost state of United States of America to the very westernmost one. Yes, together with some amazing companions, I journeyed through the land of U.S.A., which is pretty much equivalent with literally going from the easternmost border of the continent of North America to the westernmost side. By road. Yes, it was one heck of a remarkable once-in-a-lifetime trip in summary.

Why choosing Emirates was the best thing happened to me in 2016 – part III: Toronto

Why choosing Emirates was the best thing happened to me in 2016 – part III: Toronto

Keesokan paginya, semua awalnya terlihat berjalan lancar. Karena antisipasi berlebihan, saya tiba di bandara 3 jam sebelumnya, gate pun belum dibuka. Sempat telepon Adhi dulu dan meyakinkan dia untuk jangan cerita siapa-siapa (meski akhirnya saya tulis juga di blog ini, lol). Beberapa jam kemudian saya sudah berada di pesawat menuju Toronto. Kemudian saya menyadari, there could be another challenge. Karena di Toronto saya harus membuat study permit sebelum lanjut ke connecting flight, dan saat itu waktu transit saya kurang dari 90 menit sebelum pesawat menuju Edmonton berangkat. And it would be utterly stupid if I miss another flight during this…

Why choosing Emirates was the best thing happened to me in 2016 – part II: London

Why choosing Emirates was the best thing happened to me in 2016 – part II: London

Selama di penerbangan Dubai-London, saya berkali-kali bertanya pada tiga pramugari berbeda karena gak satupun dari mereka betul-betul mengerti apa yang harus dilakukan. All they said was, “It’s okay, everything’s going to be just fine.” How cliché. Kemudian tiba lah di London. Dengan sigapnya saya langsung buka kabin, keluar lewat pintu di belakang saya melawan antrian, dan langsung melesat dari pintu exit ke bandara dengan kondisi pundak yang serasa hampir copot saking berat dan besarnya hand luggage saya. I only had less than 90 minutes before my next flight closes the gate. Saya pun mencoba mencari Ground Staff karena para pramugari…

Why choosing Emirates was the best thing happened to me in 2016 – part I: Dubai

Why choosing Emirates was the best thing happened to me in 2016 – part I: Dubai

Tanggal 17 Agustus 2016 pukul 00.40 kemarin saya terbang dari Jakarta (CGK) untuk mencapai Edmonton (YEG) dimana saya akan melanjutkan studi Master selama dua tahun ke depan. Sesuai itinerary, saya akan transit di Dubai (DXB) dan Seattle karena perjalanan ke Edmonton memang tidak ada direct flight dari Jakarta, dan sesedikitnya harus transit sebanyak dua kali. Pesawat yang saya gunakan dari Jakarta sampai Edmonton seluruhnya adalah Emirates, meskipun untuk rute Seattle-Edmonton akan dioperasikan oleh Alaska Airlines. Saya sampai Dubai pada tanggal yang sama, sekitar pukul lima pagi. Penerbangan ke Seattle dengan maskapai yang sama akan berangkat pukul 09.35. Maka pada saat…