Kota paling utara…

….yang pernah saya kunjungi.

Tapi bukan paling jauh, masih lebih jauh Tangsel-Paris. 😉

Anyway, waktu ada penembakan di Christchurch, New Zealand, sama seperti jutaan orang di dunia, muslim dan non muslim, kita patah hati! New Zealand, negara yang aman damai, ada kasus seperti ini.

Yang bikin sedih dan kepikiran, saya rasa sama dengan ribuan orang tua lain, kalau jalan jalan tetap mengusahakan Sholat Jumat. Kebayang aja, seandainya sedang ada pelancong, lalu tertembak.

Saya sempat deg-degan sih. Hehehehhe. Tapi namanya wajib ya! Saya antarkan anak saya Sholat Jumat, di Mesjid St Petesburg.

Ini saya copy caption saya di IG.

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The largest mosque in Europe outside Turkey. The construction was permitted by Tsar Nikolay II himself in 1907, built in 1910, by the labor from Southern Soviet ( Kazakhstan, etc)

It turned into logistic building during world war II, not until in 1956, Soekarno, the first Presiden of Indonesia asked Nikita Khruschev to turn the mosque back as it supposed to be. Within 10 days, it turned into a mosque again. Hence, it is also known as Mesjid Soekarno.

The mosque had major renovation in 1980’s.

Dikutip dari berbagai sumber

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Mesjid Soekarno

Ini kedua kali anak saya sholat Jumat di luar negeri. Di Rusia, adzannya sampai dua kali dan khutbah menggunakan bahasa lokal 😀 biar sama sama Islam, kami jadi tahu ada perbedaan mazhab. Jadi ya,ngga usah ribut kalau ada perbedaan! 😉

Selama Papa dan anak saya sholat, saya dan kakaknya menunggu di taman. Cukup surpirse juga ada beggars atau pengemis. Where do they live? How’d they survive? This country is soo cold! They asked money, then my dad said “No Rubbel” they replied “Dollar” meh!

 

Kami makan siang di restoran halal sebelah mesjid, runs by a Pakistani.

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Kebab and Kefir

 

Lalu kami ke sebrang Mesjid, ada obyek wisata Peter dan Paul Fotress, benteng pertama kota St Petesburg, dibangun tahun 1703 dan pernah digunakan sebagai penjara.

Alih-alih balik naik Metro, saya kepikiran mau naik kapal. Boat Cruise, Venice of the North .

Ingin banget wisata naik kapal waktu ke Praha 5 tahun lalu, ngga kesampaian. Hahahahah

Jadi St Petesburg ini, dibelah oleh sungai Neva, yang menjadikan kota ini terdiri dari “pulau pulau” kecil. Cantik deh. Sungai Neva ini juga besar banget, sebesar sungai sungai di Pulau Kalimantan.

Tapi ternyata saya nyesal karena tour ya bahasa lokal. Bah! Ngga ngerti.

Peter and Paul Fotress

 

Peter and Paul Fotress

Boat Cruise

Boat Cruise

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To the North

Next morning, I wanted to run again to Gorky park. But unfortunately I was late, and it was tooooo damn hot just like Jakarta.

To make it even worse, Gorky Park was closed since there would be an event.

Long story short, we checked out from Hotel at 12 pm, the hotel staff ordered us taxi, off we went to Leningradsky Station. Stasiun gambir-nya Moscow lah, and it’s HUUUUUGEEEEEEEEE!

This will be my very first time taking bullet train a.k.a сапсан

We were heading to St Petesburg, the second largest city in Rusia and trip took 4 hours and so.

I booked an apartment in Nevsky Avenue, the busiest district in this city. It is more like the famous Orchard Road – Singapore to me.

It took a while to meet the person who was in charge in my apartemen booking and the owner is not really nice either she complained why we we were so long after we arrived. Gee! I wonder if she travels! Doesn’t it took a while where to go after we reached our destination especially it’s first visit.

The manager doesn’t speak English, thanks God there is such a thing as Google Translate.

I welcomed myself again to Europe when I realized there was no elevator on the apartment and of course, no AC! It was summer and these middle-class tropical kids automatically looking for AC remote.

Anyway, we dragged luggages all the way to 3rd floor. Again, the owner doesn’t pay detail, she only gave us 3 towels.

But the room was nice.

Sunset at 10.30 pm and I woke up at 3 am, sun had raised!

Giling! Gimana yang Ramadhan di sini ya?

In front of Gorky Park

Leningradsky Station

Off to санкт Петербург

Out side Moskvoretskaya Station so hectic

Inside Sapsan

Mamang Galon at Nevsky Avenue

Exploring the city

I woke up with a purpose, I must have my morning run! I checked the map, the famous Gorky Park is only 2.5K away, thus it makes 5K back and forth. That would be suitable for my training plan.

It was 6 am, sunrise at 4 am, seems it is still considered early for local. Seems running it’s not thing for Moscow people, unlike Osaka or Paris when I see runners now and then. I was the only runner on that wide pedestrian Parveletskya, and even in Gorky Park, I saw only 2-3 runners. I ran for 7K that morning.

Back to sightseeing, we visited the largest Orthodox Curch, 100m tall. The wall was beautifully painted up to the dome about Jesus early life until death. We are not allowed to take picture inside. There are 3 bodies of Saint (forget who). I also saw many visitors made a pray close to the giant picture of the holy people and kiss its frame.

Unfortunately, there was no audio guide. I was clueless about the painting and the story behind.

Later we took train to Tsaritsyno Palace, outskirt of the city. You know, I copieD Dian’s friend itinerary. He said there’s a tasty kebab stall outside Orekhovo Station and that where we had our lunch. We continued our walk to the palace seemed google maps gave us wrong direction. Walking under scorching sun in the nature park for ones who live in tropical country went like….duilehhh macam Kebun Raya Bogor aja ini sik! We gave up, then saw a sign that show way to Metro Station. And that where the shortest way to the Palace from Metro Station. We saw many visitors.

Since we were tired, we headed back to hotel And took rest.

Good thing about summer, the day is long.

At 7 pm we went to Zaryade Park, behind red square. It has observation deck to watch sunset.

It was beautiful evening.

PS : my pic on the observation deck, that is Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Building. One of 7 high-rises built during Stalin’s era. In 1950’s. Kebayang ya ambisinya Joseph Stalin ini, pantas Uni Soviet pernah jadi negara adidaya.

Take a rest

Chatedral of Christ The saviour

Kebab stall

Tsaritsyno park

Observation Deck

St basil Cathedral

Moscow Day 2

As expected, I woke at 3 am Moscow Time (translated to 7 am Jakarta Time)

I took a walk around the hotel, since it wasn’t in city center, it was a quite neighborhood.

Taken at 5 am

Y’know, to cut budget, I bought mini rice cooker, so we had nasi and abon for breakfast hahahah.

Proceed to Paveletskaya Station, we bought a-3-day pass for bus, metro and tram. This make transportation expenses in Rusia make sense to me.

And I tell you what, Moscow Metro Line is….confusing and you have to go deep town to tunnel,which may uncomfortable for some. It really took minutes for me how to manage those circle Line.

Cut the story, I finally see it with my own eyes, the Red Square!

St Basil Cathedral

I went inside St Basil Cathedral that now turn as museum. The church was built in 1955-1961. Do you know the architect was blinded after making this, so he wouldn’t design another beautiful building.

There was a choir practice and o em geeee, those 4 males sounds like heaven! Beautiful voices.

Then to гум (GUM), a high class shopping mall, built in 1800’s then to Arbat Street.

Those are common tourist places, well, what can I say, I’m one of them 😉

I want to go toilet, and I welcome myself to Europe when I had to pay Rubbel 50 to pee. #meh

Even it was in GUM.

All those places required metro. Uhmm, Moscow Metro, one of a kind.

After arrived back at Paveletskaya, where we lived, I decided to took tram and let see where it took me. It was sunny day and I realized Moscow is HUGE!

During impulsive tram trip, I saw beautiful ortodok church and even halal food stall. It was quite in suburb.

We jumped off when it crossed the third line (if you see in Moscow map, the area is devided by circle. Red square in first circle, our hotel in the second circle and of course the airport in the outer ring)

It amazes me this city provide bus stop with charging station! Wow! How thoughtful.

Charging station in bus stop

Vintage tram

Привет, Москва

Hallo Moskow!

Well, here I am, back to Europe.

Many of my friends asked, why Moscow? What is so special??i said “i got promotion ticket from Thai Airways” that is it! I’ve always wanted to see the world, but money has always been the issue :))

That’s the reason, why we had overnight in Bangkok.

It was a 10-hr-flight from Shuvarnabumi to Domedodovo. Imigration process was so so, and yes!

Just arrived

My wish was granted , exactly in time frame! Gusti Allah maha baik!

We took aeroexpress to the city (Praveletskya Station) . And I couldn’t stop smiling.

Stasiun Gambir-nya Moscow

Of course, it took hours how to get to our hotel. Praveletskaya station (and its surrounding) got helped from the local, and boom. Because it’s summer, sun set later, I stay calm. Otherwise I got on my nerves.

Due the jet lag, I slept when I got the hotel.

‘Till later!

When in Rudeloffweg

I had rendang, nasi putih and sayur bening for dinner during my Europe trip, two years ago. yes, in that house. Stand at Rudeloffweg street.

The couple welcomed us very warm as if we were their long lost niece. Far from what written in media.

At dinner, I sat next to the mister and we talked a lot from refugees, living cost and simple thing like where the mrs had the groceries.

“Tambah lagi (nasi dan lauk) nak! om nanti saja!”

*malu malu minta digampar dalam hati menjerit senang*

“Ah om tau saja, saya lapar*

And when I was about to leave , put on my coat and walk to the back door I asked

“Kalau winter dinginnya kayak apa Om?”

“Ya lebih dingin dari inilah. Halaman ini putih semua biasanya. mampir lagi lah pas winter”

Jaa, I wish

Well, it was obviously not granted :))

And i wonder, if I ever go back to the city again, will I able to have sayur lodeh and pepes peda in that house for dinner?

Because they’ll come home. Tugas mereka sebagai wakil bangsa hampir selesai. Back to tanah air.

😉

(europe trip) Wien, now or Never

OH EM GEEE. It has been a century!!!! Finally, the last city recap that I visited! 😀
asli ngakak gw liat kaos ini!

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Oct 1.st 2015

Taking train from Prague Hvl and the train was very nice much better than Rj that took us from Berlin to Prague. Even the toilet was nice, just like one in a hotel.

Arrive at noon time there we go again figuring out how to get to hotel, buy the daily pass Ubhan Ticket for Euro 7 then took train from the Hopbanhoft to the closet station and dragging our luggage down to the corner.

We stayed where the immigrants live, so all those Asia look were all around, east, west as well as the restaurants. y’ know what I mean.
Another hour, we were picked up by our local tour guide who happened to be in town for a business meeting and managed his very busy time to see us :). First thing he said :

“C.A.P.E.K  Y.A?” (yes, in Bahasa Indonesia).  Bolak balik angkat koper, menurut ngana, meinherr? 

Then,he took us for walking tour. While walking from our hotel to the Pilgramgasse Ubhan station, he keept mumbling :

“jauh amat sihhh hotel kelen! bukannya nanya gw sebaiknya nginap di mana!” 
*dalam hati* “perasaaan gw udah ngomong dari email kedua deh mau kesini”

*ciehhh inget nih yeee*  😀

Actually from Pilgramgasse, the closest train station to city center (KARLSPLATZ)  was only 2 stations away.
*ish…masih jauhan Orchard Station ke Bugis Station, deh, mein herr* –“

Since he was in hurry and very tall, it was a challange for us to keep up with his steps and I kind was out of breath! But the good thing, the wheather was nice! quite warm.

Out from Karlsplatz  Ubhan Station is Wiener Staatsoper (the opera house).  We had a walking tour in Main places and he sowed us where the start line for Vienna City marathon (Nooooo! cant stand at the word marathon at that time and ended up at Figlmuller which is  famous with the Wienerschnitzel. (kalau kata Prasti, Chicken Katsu-nya Hoka-Hoka Bento sih!!) 

While waiting for our food, we had talk from Jalan Tikus Pamulang (he literally said  it! J.a.l.a.n T.i.k.u.s) and of course some tips to enjoy the city during our limited time.

After few mins of quick conversations, we bid farewell as he had to go  back to his city.
Back to Firgmuller, it has two stores and both located in alley. The two restaurants, owned by the same person. If our local guide didnt take us here, we might not find it. o well, it took a while, bit challenging perhaps.

And do try its potato salad! The best! gee, my mouth is watering when I write this!

Anyway, there was a funny story in this restaurant. Shortly after we had our seat in the restaurant, our guide ordered the food in Deutsch (of course).  Then the food arrived after he left. The waiter asked (also in Deutsch). Kira-kira gini deh terjemahannya:

Him: “Kalian pesan ini kan?”

Kami : “Iya! itu daging sapi kan? atau ayam?yang penting bukan BABI kan?” tadi temen kami pesannya apa?” *panik* —> 20 Euro booo! Bisa jatuh miskin kalau harus mesan lagi! 😀

Him: (muka ragu) “Iya dink sapi (terus nyengir)” and he pointed his name tag to us that said “AVD QDR”

Adek gw: “ngapain dia nunjukin name tag-nya ya?”

gw : “(kalau dia anak Betawi) namanya ABDUL KADIR Cuyyyy….he told us he also a Muslim and doesn’t eat pork!” Short of telling us that he is also a muslim. Perhaps.

After we had our very late lunch, then off we went to the famous prater by taking Ubhan to Pratestern Station. 

The surroundings is very nice!!!! I don’t wanna go home!!! Please assign me to wien’s branch, dear boss!
The company where I work has a sub branch in this city,ya tapiii ngga mungkin lah brayyy. Japan company gitu lho 😉
Anyway, the ferris wheel was once,the highest ferris wheel in the world! Who doesnt love ferris wheel?

 

And owh, if you watch Before Sunrise, this is where Julliet kiss Ethan Hawke *sayang kuku gw udah patah patah di Prague*

I was hoping I met Ethan Hawke over here, taking his throwback trip. Oh well! 😉 .

We went back to city center again, in doubt about buying standing ticket in the opera house or not, but decided not! Buy dinner in the Kebab Stall and there were supermarkets near the station. They sell fancy food and drink! There went my Euro coin. Purchasing cute food, snack and beverage which I will not find one in Jakarta. Kayak anak kecil ya! Tapi lucu-lucu lho snack and beveragenya! Bedalah sama seven eleven atau Lawson.

The next morning taking a U bhan (And heyyy! unlike in Berlin, its Ubhan lines was easy peasy lemon squash for me!) agak pinter lah gw disini. Ya iyalah, kotanya juga lebih kecil 😀

One thing surprised me that iI saw many moslems (from Turkey probably) around. There was always at least a hijaber in the train…..like,literally. To note. I took this trip before the refugees crisis became very serious that changed many aspects of European people and I think including the new elected president(s).

This is was the nicest station I saw during my trip. look like one in Cirebon or Central Java,isn’t it? Schönbrunn Station.

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Love the Tile

We went to one of the landmark in this city, the beautiful Schloss Schönbrunn to have our morning run.

can you see a Berlin Marathon finisher?

The palace is  a summer residence for the imperial family members. What I mean by beautiful is VERY beautiful!!! I wonder what is it felt being princess centuries ago and lived at palace. No need kejar kejaran Commutter Line pastinya.

The palace is also famous for its Maze Park and Glorriet. Climb the Glorriet , you can see the city from top, unfortunately we didn’t run that far . If you watch 99 Cahaya di Langit Eropa, the last screen was taken from Gloriet.
We went back to hotel  and came back with proper clothes! To update our Path/Instagram account off course! 😀

It was 9 am something, the palace was full of tourist already.

Go figure from what country of the  tourists that annoy me the most! –” Grrrhhh!

We didnt come to see inside the palace, Riefa did the following days and he said you cant’ take pictures inside.


Then pack our bag again heading to the Hopbanhoft. The one night stand #eh trip somehow not my style. capek bo! faktor U .Kurang puas pun! I  didnt have time to see Danube River. The thing I regret later! probably there was poetry by the river bank who would wrote me a poem like in  Before Sunrise the movie!

Our local guide was right and he was rambling all the time….

“Bisa bisanya kalian cuma satu malam  di Wina” (he said it in English,btw) 
gw jawab dalam hati : “biar ada alasan untuk kembali” #eaaaaaaaa

Hopefuly i’ll see Danube, next time from Budapest perhaps. *amin*

I have thing for rivers, mungkin saya jelmaan ikan pesut  atau dugong kalik dulunya ya? I was reincarnasi from Dugong. During my short visit to Banjarmasin 7 yrs ago, I pushed myself to Sungai Barito first thing in the morning!
It was a nice short visit, tho! I forgot to buy a Vienne Fridge magnet and/or a post card!!!! But at least my sister had Starbuck Tumbler with “VIENNA” written on it. Oh em gee, what is it with Starbuck Tumbler sih???? seriusan deh :)) 

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Anyway, up until now, I keep blaming my sister of having a one-night-trip to Vienna and she kept answer this.

gw: “ngapain sih  bikin iternari cuma sehari. Mending skip Vienna nambah sehari di Prague ato Munich kan??”

adek gw :yeee…daripada loe ngga ketemu sama temen loe. Penasaran lagi seumur hidup!!” *nyolot*

gw: bener juga sih…

So, wonder how our local tour guide look like?

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candid by sister

yoiiii, finally I met in a person with Peter Jr, Opa peter’s son.  Tampak belakang aja yaw :)) I haven’t asked his permission to post his picture here. Udah lama ngga ngobrol.
Cakep juga sih dese. #prikitiwwww

Here for more pictures in Wien. Will keep new photos posted.

Wokeh, that’s the last city recap of my 2015 Europe trip! Don’t know when I’ll be back to Europe again! If I do, I want to have another throw back trip in Rome and want to see Cordoba looks like! Until my next long haul trip, to the other side of the world! (on which, only heaven knows when!)