Indonesia

No two people in Indonesia will give you the same recipe for gado-gado, the national dish (literally translated as “mix-mix”). One may insist on the importance of fried shallots, while another will use peanuts, and a third will insist that it's nothing without cashews. This is the story of Indonesia, an archipelago of over 13,000 islands and more than 300 indigenous languages. This nation must be savored in layers, from the different waves that made up its history; and whose unity is based on this great diversity. Of course, it has not come without its difficulties; Indonesia has since its independence been plagued by political strife and fragility. Over the past five years, however, the country has been stabilizing, and travelers have been able to rediscover not only the country’s pastiche of cultures and religions, but also its millennial biodiversity.