About the Author
When I was little, I was always fascinated by the images from faraway lands printed in the thick encyclopedia at school library. Some of the most captivating photos were those of the flat Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott, the great hall of Apadana in the ancient Persian capital of Persepolis, and the majestic Grand Canyon. However, as growing up in small cities offered me limited travel opportunities, I ended up reading more books and secondhand English magazines to satiate my curiosity about the world.
When I moved to a bigger city in my college years, I found out about National Geographic and fell in love with the magazine right away. The urge to explore the world grew even stronger, although it was not until July 2007 when I set foot on a foreign country for the first time. Yet, it took me more than three years until I started traveling much more frequently.
Currently I live in Jakarta, Indonesia, a bustling and hustling city which many find hard to love. I will keep exploring places across Indonesia and Asia while hoping one day I can travel around the world to experience, taste, learn and watch what the world has to offer. My name is Bama, and these are the stories of my travels.
About the Blog
In the beginning this blog was created as a place for me to write about my thoughts on my daily life. However a few months after the first post the idea of having a more focused blog came into my mind. I love traveling and taking photographs of the places I go. Hence my own travel blog was born.
Choosing an appropriate name for the new blog proved to be a challenge in itself. It took me quite a long time before making a decision on the blog’s name. I did try to find a rather poetic or classy name. However I ended up picking one expression that really represents what I feel every time I travel and explore the beauty of this wonderful world: What an Amazing World!
About the Countries and Territories I Have Visited
Please go to Where I’ve Been for detailed information.
On January 1, 2011, I set a 10-year resolution, that is to visit 30 countries/territories by 2020. Why should I make such 10-year resolution? as some of you might pose that question. I feel like I have to set such ‘goal’ because if there is no such thing probably in the future I will give up my passion for going to new places. There might be things or obstacles which could bring down that passion. So this resolution is like a reminder for me to never give up the spirit no matter what. To make it easier for me to remember I call it ‘302020‘ (thirty twenty twenty – thirty countries/territories in 2020).
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