Last Weekend in Indonesia

It’s Saturday Evening here in Surabaya; time for today’s top stories.

We’ve had a good past couple of days with a mixture of final recovery from a little stomach bug and spending some great time out with ourselves and friends. We’ve gone to karaoke again (I sang more, trying to find artists I can actually sing instead of butcher) and had dinner with some Couch Surf friends. Last night we even went out to an outdoor club for a little bit and saw our buddy Rob with his new coworkers. Rob teaches English with an Indonesian program called, ‘English First’ and there were dozens of other English teachers from around the globe. It was interesting to chat with everyone; most of them were astonished/surprised when we told them what WE were doing. Everyone is most interested in the cargo ship travel so far.

We have train travel reserved for Tuesday. We’re taking the midnight train (going anywhere?) to Jakarta in prep for our flight to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday. One of the workers here at the hotel was kind enough to drive me up there on his motorbike (read: 125cc scooter.) Speeding through Surabaya, weaving in and out of traffic; it was exhilarating! It made me remember how much I miss my motorcycle. I told him that I had one, and he perked up. “What kind?” he asked. When I told him a Kawasaki 400, he laughed deliriously. “That’s big!” he said. You see, roads here aren’t amazing and there are so many people that a bike of that size would be useless. You don’t really get over 40 mph often. Plus they’re harder to maneuver around other vehicles. Back home, many serious bikers would smile apologetically at my 1978 motorcycle. Here, I would be king.

I’ve decided to take a bit better care of myself. I’m exercising every day…a little bit, not a ton, but some crunches, push ups, etc. I’d like to continue losing weight (I’ve lost about 20 lbs since leaving the states) and shape up a bit. Indi’s weight loss is going well, too. Not sure where she’s at but you can really see it. She’s naturally very excited about this.


Tonight we have plans to go bowling with Rob’s English Teaching Troupe (RETT) and then dancin’ at a club. Should be good times, yet again. Sunday Lupi is taking us to a friend’s wedding, which is being held at a village nearby. That should be interesting in an entirely different way.

About rhysfunk

Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world. Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. In 2018 he published his first book, Lost Restaurants of Tulsa. Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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1 Response to Last Weekend in Indonesia

  1. Brock says:

    I completely forgot you had a bike! I have decided I want to get one, preferably an old BMW. Do you still have yours here or did you sell it?

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