One Rockin’ Beach

I do wonder sometimes if it’s all worth it. Our recent face-off with a bunch of immigration bureaucrats, the ethical dilemma of visiting a whaling village, and our grueling overnight ferry trip left me a bit down in the dumps. So it came as no surprise that I reflected on those experiences during our latest outing in Alor.

“Why do we put ourselves through all of this?” I contemplated aloud as we walked along the forest trail. But the moment I uttered those words, the most amazing beach came into view. “That’s why,” Tony announced.

The unnamed piece of paradise, about 30 kilometers from Kalabahi in the southwest corner of Alor, was the ultimate reward for a few days of discomfort: beautiful white sand, a giant mushroom-shaped rock, and pristine, crystal-clear water perfect for snorkeling.

But that’s just the nature of travel, isn’t it? For every amazing thing we see, there’s an obstacle (or a dozen obstacles) that we have to overcome. In the end, it’s that very challenge that makes the reward so much sweeter.

3 responses to “One Rockin’ Beach”

  1. It’s true every day of your life, whether you are traveling or not, my friend.

    Days of grueling drudgery punctuated by moments of rapture.

    As Oscar Wilde wrote: “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

    • avatar Tony says:

      While that concept might seem obvious to you, you would be surprised by the number of people we encounter on the road or via the blog who have no idea that that principle of “days of grueling drudgery punctuated by moments of rapture” applies to us. People often have a fantasty view of our travel experience as well as the travel experience in general.

      You would also be enormously surprised at how many people end up on extended trips themselves only to discover that real travel includes discomfort, inconvenience, filth, danger, corruption,… add any negative adjective you can think of.

      We like to include posts on corruption, environmental destruction, danger, filth, disappointment, etc. to remind everyone that travelers cannot expect a purely positive experience. We also like to verbalize our own questions about the worth of such journeys in an attempt to make people question their own desire to visit a place. For us, the overland journey to Alor was worth it. For many, our approach to Alor would have sent them scrambling to get the hell out of Indonesia.

  2. avatar Greeneyes says:

    This type of experience makes me want to shout!!!!


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