After almost one year in Indonesia, we finally had to leave the country, simply because our visa was about to expire.
Borders are probably still the first most annoying thing for travelers.
The second are of course deadlines.
And we managed to have also one of those. In fact Oti decided that she wanted to be back to her hometown for an important family celebration at th end of October. That means I had to forget about my ecological principle and book a plane. We managed to make a very good deal, at only 140$ for a flight from Bangkok to Stockholm, Sweden. Ok that's not Romania, but at least much closer.
But first we had to get overland from the middle of Flores island,on east Indonesia, all the way to Bangkok on Thailand. Over 5000 km hitching rides and joining ferries where needed. We are right now in Malaysia but still not able to enjoy.
The situation with the haze, the smoke coming from burning forests in Sumatra (how terrible) it's just unbearable. Not really for the smell or health consequence, but mostly because of the gray and depressing atmosphere. We strongly advise against visiting Malaysia when there is haze, there is no visibility and it's a total loss of tine. According to the wind there might be some areas that are still clean.
What we enjoyed was no doubt Singapore. After one year of Indonesia, it was fresh air for our souls. No garbage, everything smooth and working, many more eating options for vegetarians. A good stop to recharge a little bit our batteries.
Despite this we still miss Indonesia and our life there, I guess this experience will stay close to our hearths for long time to come.