Saturday, November 27, 2011
I got another duty also from Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy to promote Indonesian Batik through an event “The Splendid Indonesian Elegance” which organized both by the ministry and Indonesian Embassy in Madrid, Spain.
The event was held regarding to the interest of Spanish people to Indonesian Batik, it already proved by the success of previous event such as Keraton Yogyakarta exhibition in Barcelona on 2010 and akso in Madrid on Feb-March 2011. Queen Sofia from Spain already acknowledge her interest on Indonesian Batik to the embassy of Indonesia in Madrid. Due to increasing interest of Spanish people on Indonesian Batik, Indonesian Embassy in Madrid was full of enthusiasm to held the event.
The group whose leaving from Jakarta to this event were divided into two. The first was the group from the ministry which I were belong. There were Mrs. Molly Prabawaty, Mr. Suhairi Usman, and Mr. Jimin from the ministry, me and Sheila Purnama Bulan from Putra Putri Batik Nusantara, Rieke Caroline, Mrs. Sri Herawati the journalist from Kompas newspaper, Muhammad Gibravil Pahlevi the Batik artist, Mr. Ramli Kartowidjojo the great Indonesian desginer and his assistant. The second group was the model of Mr. Ramli, there were about 10 of the models, including Mrs. Mien R. Uno, Mrs. Enny Soekamto, and Mrs. Arlena Dian Tanjung.
We first gathered in terminal 2D Soekarno-Hatta International Airport for our flight to Barcelona. We used Qatar Airways QR761 first destined to Doha. The flight was about 8 hours before we transitted, and continued the flight with the same airlines QR067 to Barcelona, Spain for about 7 hours. This was the first this-long-haul-flight I ever experienced, almost 15 hours total. While transitting in Doha for about 3 hours, Sheila, Rieke, Ravil, and me were exploring the rest of the airport together. The weather in Doha was quite cool that time.
At last, we arrived in Barcelona International Airport. The weather was cooler than in Doha.
We was picked up by the Indonesian Embassy staff from Madrid, then the bus dropped us to the apartement for a short break after long trip. Our lunch were already in the room, chicken satay, Indonesian food everywhere. The apartment named 08028 Apartment located on 6-8 Can Bruixa Street, Barcelona.
After dropping the luggage to the apartment and some short rests, the day was continued for some short city tour around Barcelona. I was not able to remember all of the sites explained by Mr. Fahmi Noor Syafaat (The staff of Indonesian embassy in Madrid) as the tour guide.
We first stopped around Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya and take pictures. We were not getting in to the museum since the museum was closed on Sunday.
We also took around the Columbus Statue, which built to memorize the first arrival point of Columbus before he conquered the American continent, so the statue was the point marker.
We also saw the beautiful Barcelona Port, which the port for many international giant cruise landed and stayed. The beach was really beautiful, different atmosphere were offered by Barcelona while the diversity of the city were become the most attractive point of all the trip.
Mare Magnum was the only shopping mall which opened on Sunday. Most of the stores and acitivity were concentrated on weekdays. So, the weekend in Barcelona is the day for you to have a full rest. In this mall, you could find many branded stores, such as Bershka, Mango, Lefties, and some F&B stores.
Dinner was not really far from the apartment, chinese food in chinese restaurant. We met many people from Indonesian Embassy. The foods were awesome, and unfortunately I forgot the name of the restaurant.
Well, that was all my first day in Europe. See you tomorrow!