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Jan 10, 2008 - Jakarta

We spent three nights in Jakarta, mostly wandering the streets in shock - it's a very modern city in some respects, and to see US symbols (Starbucks, KFC) is a little jarring after the isolation of north Sumatra. But it was only a stepping-stone to Yogyakarta, where we went on the 12th. Hostel Yusran was nice, except for the stink - a damp, mildewy smell that permeated everything. Why does it seem that this is becoming a long list of everything wrong with everywhere we go? We are tiring of being on the move. After a breakfast at Memories...

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Jan 7, 2008 - Heading to Jakarta, Indonesia

John here.. I just received an email that Lyle and his grandson Nick are heading to Jakarta, Indonesia .. tomorrow morning.. which is now Grand Marias time.. We are about 11 hours behind them... Below is the email which is confusing but I assume he means.. they left on morning time in Vietnam and will arrive in Jakarta .. 10 pm on Grand Marais evening time. They are not that far from Jakarta so that must be it.. They will be in Jakarta 10 PM Grand Marais time. Dear John, Grandson Nick and I should be in Jakarta about 10 this evening. We...

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Second Time Around

Mar 28, 2007 - In the capital - Jakarta

Hello everyone well we have traversed the entire island of Java and are now on the far north coast in the capital Jakarta. Its pretty modern, didn't know what to expect really but theres plenty of sky scrapers, department stores and Mcdonalds!!! Alot more advanced than the rest of indonesia! The city is humid and smoggy, dont think they have pollution laws over here, but the people are friendly and dont chase you down the street trying to sell you something as in the rest of Indonesia. We took the train from Yogya and paid a little more...

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Dec 13, 2006 - crossing the equator (again!)

We're in the Singapore airport this morning (about 06:00), waiting for our flight to Jakarta. The internet here is provided free of charge. We enjoyed our short stop in Singapore these past few days. Yesterday was relaxing and informative as we spent the day on different city tours including a boat ride on the Singapore River. Our lunch was very "American" at the only microbrewry in the country. It was great, and really again reminded us of home---and our friends. The day before yesterday was slightly disappointly as heavy rain prevented...

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Nov 25, 2006 - Jakarta

Na een korte nacht (lag 2 uur in bed en moest alweer om 6 uur opstaan ivm de vlucht naar Jakarta) hebben we om half 7 de taxi naar Singapore Airport genomen. We waren ruim op tijd en dat moest ook wel want Nick had in Singapore een Playstation 3 gekocht en wilde deze naar Engeland sturen om hem daar te verkopen (In Europa zijn ze pas in Maart te verkrijgen dus hoopte hij hem ivm kerst met dikke winst te verkopen). Postkantoor was in andere Terminal dus wij met skytrain naar de andere Terminal. Hier bleek dat het postkantoor pas om 8 uur was...

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Dutchie on the move

Nov 9, 2006 - Jakarta, Indonesia

The next destination was Jakarta to visit Linda and Graeme, who have recently moved there. Linda had invited us to a party in Jakarta for the Melbourne Cup. We didn't know what to expect, but we were told to dress up and get there as early as possible as it started at 8.30am!! So we put our best dresses and went to the airport. Lots of people stared at us - they probably though we had been out all night! We arrived around midday. Linda met us with the chauffeur and champagne. We had missed the race (horse race on TV), but had lunch in a...

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Girls on Tour

Sep 16, 2006 - Jakarta

Not much to say about Jakarta. I arrived just as it was getting dark by train in the Gambir terminal and was stared at as though I had an elephant on my back my the most crowded train station ever. I went to the Jakan Jaksa area close to the airport with some cheap hotels. Managed afer some trying to aquire what can only be discribed as a cell with no window a very dodgy desk fan and about a million mosqitoes. I went to get some food - not far as I had been warned by just about everyone I had talk to not to wander around after dark. LP...

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Aug 24, 2006 - Jakarta...Can eat it!

Other than a comical sign in the Jakarta airport that read "Drugs - It's Wrong To Have Such Satisfaction" the city was terrible. It is dirty, smelly, there isn't that much to see, and that fucking call to prayer drove me crazy. Unless you install soundproof glass in your apartment there is just no escaping that bloody call. Lets be honest, nobody wants to pray at 4:45 am. Who could possibly have the brainpower for introspection at that time of the morning? And, if someone has the initiative to wake up and pray, let them pray in peace....

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Jun 15, 2006 - Sumatra, au Lac Toba et a Berastagi

6, nous voila 6 coinces dans une cariolle mais ca roule sans embuches si l'on oublie la legere crevaison. 18h passe, nous sommes enfin au LAC TOBA, il nous reste juste a prendre le bateau pour rejoindre Tuk-tuk sur l'ile de Samosir... l'endroit ideal pour vegeter et profiter de la bonne bouffe! C'est le progamme que nous nous imposerons durant 3 jours. Le 2ieme jour, on ne tient deja plus en place et nous louons une mobylette pour une chouette ballade a travers les villages bataks. Passage furtif au marche Paguraram ou les odeurs de viande...

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May 27, 2006 - Jakarta, Java, Indonesia

SUNDAY, MAY 28, 2006. JAKARTA, INDONESIA. Home to 9.3 million people, Jakarta is the commercial and business capital of Indonesia, not a tourist destination. From my research, one full day in Jakarta would be enough time to see the main sights. It was. Lapangan Merdeka (Freedom Square), with Soekarno's Monas, a gold flame topped column, forms the main landmark of central Jakarta. Just south of Lapangan Merdeka is Jalan Jaksa, the budget travelers' haunt, where I found accommodation at Hotel Margot (Rp 170,000). Other than Poppies Cottages...

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May 21, 2006 - Bogor

We decided to take the train an hour and half south east of Jakarta to a small town called Bogor to see the largest botanical garden in SE Asia that was started by the famous Brit Stamford Raffles and a Dutch Botanist. The huge park is surrounded by various species of tropical trees and plants including the largest flower in the world. The Titam Arum is from Sumatra but unfortunately it is not in bloom right now. Uncle Dean and Grandma would love this place. Mom was hoping for a thunderstorm as they have them here 322 days a year. Well we...

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May 19, 2006 - Jakarta

We finally made it to Jakarta after a grueling wait at the airport. Let's see, where should I start? After a 1.5 hour speedboat ferry ride from Singapore ($30) to Batam (an Indonesian resort island south of Singapore), we headed off to check in for a very civilized 6:00pm flight to Jakarta. After a nice lunch at the mall, and a quick look into the "wal-mart-ish" store aptly named "Hyper Mart", we headed to the airport. We were quite pleased with ourselves at this point as we snagged a cheap flight (only $30 - same as our ferry ride? - but...

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