Reno/Sparks, Travel Inspiration


I was in the middle of my work when this idea came to me.

I did not know what I would do when I resigned from my work.
Where should I go from here?
Should I look for another job?
Etc., etc., etc.

Struggling and of course, there was something unpleasant.
What would I do?
The biggest question I always think about day and night.



Truckee River.



Circus Circus Casino Sign (left).





Then suddenly something popped into my head.
Why not travel before returning to Bali ?.
Why not travel across the United States?

Just like that.

I worried. I relieved. I did not tie to work anymore. With little savings, I traveled to where my feet wanted to go.

Just go.

No fixed plan I only know when my departure date from Turks and Caicos, November 8, 2016, and flew to Bali April 15, 2017. Where to go I would find out during the trip.



Reno Bus Station sign (left). Special care for disability (right).


“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.”
G.K. Chesterton


No schedule.

I planned to enjoy every day without a plan. Then suddenly I got so excited. The stress decreases from that day on. Every day I looked forward to my departure. Literally, I danced around the store’s shelves. My feelings at the time were unequaled.

I could not wait to finish my work and checked opportunities to travel in the United States. I also remember that I had friends there. For some unknown reason, not sure before or after I made this plan, my friends living in New York invited me to stay in their home.

Someone over there heard me and opened the doors of all possibilities.








Now I am in Sparks, Nevada.

A town I’ve never heard before. I know all the cities I visited in Washington DC, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Sparks appeared on my radar while reflecting on what the next destination was after Las Vegas.

If someone told me that I would go to a quiet place like Reno/Spark I would call them crazy. Who in her right mind wants to go to this place except gambling. Even though I had time to gamble in Atlantic City but stay here???. Three weeks???.

One of the Visitor Center employees was quite surprised when I told him where I came from
“Indonesia … (pause) ….. Bali” (because very few people know about Indonesia so I said, Bali)
“Wow, from all places (USA), you come to Reno. WELCOME!”
“Thank you”

Then I asked him how to visit Lake Tahoe. No chance because Lake Tahoe has 57 feet of snow. I was not disappointed.




“Travel brings power and love back into your life.”
Jalaluddin Rumi


I came to Reno to coincide with Spring. Beautiful. Though cold and windy. I like when flowers bloom. I live outside Reno. Spark is a city about 25 minutes drive from Reno. Every day as I walk around the neighborhood, I see trees beginning to blossom with colorful flowers. In fact, I notice that wildflowers have the brightest yellow buds.

I almost tripped as I admired the mountain with its ice peak. I forgot to get off the bus when I saw a tree with beautiful white flowers. It is very interesting to see dry trees alive in a day.

Travel change me.







My friend birthday card from Reno.


Started with a small wave while in Amsterdam. I did not plan every day except travel to another country. Then continue my other journey. Now I am in a big traveling wave of life. I learned to ‘surf’ into a challenging, uplifting and confusing stream.

Fun and SCARY !!. Hahahaha .. I love this life.

(Written on April 3, 2017 – I stay at home. Sick, I do not want to stay in bed though the day is cold. Still, I feel life is beautiful).



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