One lovely evening in late February 2009, three best friends went out to a fine wine lounge located in the center of Jakarta. They ordered a bottle of Moet & Chandon Champagne.
After it was chilled, the waiter poured the champagne into three glasses. Then, the three girls lifted their glasses and made a toast. They said, "Cheers to Europe!". Yes, they had a dream that one day they could live in Europe and even conquer that continent by setting their foot on as many European cities as possible.
Surprisingly, as days went by, each girl got what she wished for :)
The first girl left Jakarta for Europe in September 2009. She was granted a scholarship to pursue her master degree. She stayed in The Hague, the Netherlands, for a year until October 2010. During her stay, she had visited many cities in different European countries.
The next girl went for a holiday in Europe during November - December 2009. This was not her first time though. She had been to Europe many times before but she could never get enough of it. She wanted to visit more and more places around the continent. However, Paris has always been her favorite city.
The last girl is just about to begin her journey at the end of January 2011. She received a fellowship to join a three-month short course in Hilversum, the Netherlands. Of course, she is planning to go to other Schengen countries as well during her stay. For example, celebrating Valentine's Day at the top of the Eiffel Tower.
So, be careful what you wish for, as it might come true! But most importantly, don't ever give up on your dream and always find ways to fulfill them. Because even the simplest thing such as casting a spell on three glasses of Moet & Chandon Champagne, could actually make your dream come true :)
Jakarta, January 15th 2010