20. December 2012: For updates on this post please visit: http://www.circumnavigator.dk/2012/10/12/remembering-kuta/
The reason for travelling is usually to have fun and experience good things, but sometimes during the tour you see or go through things that are unpleasant and move you emotionally.
I remember when I almost 6 years ago was standing on the memorial square in the middle of Kuta on Bali. As in many other cities of Indonesia, the streets around me were busy with cars, motorbikes and people, but I was standing in silence looking at all the names of the innocent victims of the Bali bombings only 4 years earlier. Apart from the very long list of names it touched me extra emotionally, when I found the names of three Danish girls there. It all somehow got really close – the fear of terrorism.
Only a few months prior to my world travel, the little usually innocent and beloved Denmark (and the Danish people) was with some drawings suddenly a possible target for terror actions. It did make me skip the Danish flag on the back of my backpack, but it didn’t and never will stop me from going on adventures and visit new countries to meet and talk to locals with another background, religion or believe. Because at the end of the day, we are all human beings with the same human feelings inside, and I believe that the more you learn about other cultures, the more understanding you get for the beautiful differences there are to your own background.
I can surely recommend to visit Indonesia and especially Bali to experience for yourself the beauty of the island and it’s people.