On second thought

Trip Start Dec 28, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, November 1, 2006

ok well here it is, im officially being a wussy and am not going to go to indonesia all by my lonesome. ive been debating this for about 24 hours now and have bounced back and forth. i even called home to get parental opinions but when it was all said and done, the pure mountain of information provided me was enough to change my mind. as a way of documenting this and as a way to keep from kicking myself in the ass later, im going to list my deciding factors. first and foremost the ferry to jakarta is $75 one way, leaves every four days (no one seems to know exactly what day this lands on) and lasts 26 hours. so while im waiting for this ferry (up to four days but who knows) i will be on the island of batam which is described as "a gangsters paradise"...."scary"..."to be avoided"....."a haven for credit card scams, pickpockets and sexual slavery". so i dont really want to be holed up there. another deciding factor were the endless stories of theft and robbery...usually im not too worried about this but the stories are so prevalant here and the fact that im traveling alone makes matters worse. and of course you can just add poor planning since the rainy season is starting like right NOW and a lot of the natural sights and wonders would be shrouded by crappy weather. i would add into all this the horror stories of the overland transport but thats not really a factor....ive survived nepals bus's and india's trains so id be ok on that front. in reality it wasnt any one of these things but the cumulative effect they had on my phsyche....it just seems like a giant hassle at this point. when i asked my dad for advice he thought i was just going through yuy withdrawls which was pretty funny. in all honesty i had considered this before he brought it up and i thought about it as honestly as i could and came to the conclusion that although i do indeed miss her, she is not the driving force behind this. the most telling point is that when i finally made my decision i felt a sense of relief and instantly stopped running all of these very disagreeable travel options through my head. although it may sound boring to the rest of you, im pretty excited about starting my divemaster course so i may as well get that going instead of the hassle of indonesia. whenever one of you come out here to visit ill be more then happy to do indonesia with you
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