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Oct 18, 2009 - Jakarta at a Glance.
Selamat Datang di Indonesia Having visited Indonesia's premier tourist island, Bali, a few years ago, bikini's, sarongs, frozen cocktails, and dollar massages on the beach were all I knew of this mighty archipelago. That was, until I arrived in Jakarta. Conservatism and tradition greeted me at the gate. "Prayer Room" postings more plentiful then, "Baggage" and "Toilet", signs, afternoon Muslim prayers replaced redundant security warnings on the overhead intercom, and in the customs line, dozens of Muslims murmured quiet prayers to...Jump to full entry
Jul 31, 2009 - De vuelta en la capital
Ayer llegué tarde en la tarde a Yakarta, de acuerdo con plan no obstante; nunca vi, y nunca veré, un verde más verde que el de los campos de Java. Como sabía que hoy iba a estar en inquisiciones consulares en las embajadas de Tailandia y Malasia, decidí visitar Kota, el centro antiguo de la ciudad o lo que queda de la Batavia colonial neerlandesa; no es una hora bonita, mucho menos segura para visitar esa zona vieja pero había pocas opciones. Y sí ocurrió que pasé la mañana y parte de la tarde en esos trámites consulares, en parte porque...Jump to full entry
Jul 28, 2009 - Yakarta
He llegado a la isla de Java, a la capital del país de las islas, después de 36 horas de viaje y paradas en Frankfurt y Singapur. Como es costumbre, me monté en el sistema de transporte público desde el primer instante, esto es, llegué en autobús y con una caminata posterior a Jalan Aksa, zona popular entre turistas independientes, claro, como la otra parada extrema de ese bus del aeropuerto es en la estación de trenes, apliqué el viejo truco de dejar la mochila, allí, para esa caminata final de búsqueda de hotel; todos estos procesos son...Jump to full entry
Jul 12, 2009 - The Journey So Far, London to Jakarta
Finally I have some contact to the outside world! The trip so far has been fairly straight forward, consisting of airports, nice hotels and planes...definitely not what the rest of the adventure's gonna be like I'm sure. The flight to Dubai was fine expect for the screaming half french-half aussie children sitting infront of us and the moody lady next to me...fortunately the lamb medallions and strawberry cheesecake lunch followed by clotted cream scones for afternoon tea (jealous yet mummy?) made things remarkably better. I spent most of...Jump to full entry
Apr 15, 2009 - Indonesia - Jakarta
So I was sitting in Bangkok thinking - last month before travelling to Canada, where do I really want to go in SE Asia that I haven't been yet? And the answer was Indonesia - incredible that I haven't been there yet as it is so close to Malaysia. Lots of places to visit, different cultures,and Bali is supposed to be beautiful. So I flew from Bangkok to Jakarta, Indonesia. Not a huge amount to see in Jakarta, very much a business city. I spent a day sorting out my itinerary, getting a haircut, replenishing provisions. Tomorrow is the train...Jump to full entry
Feb 17, 2009 - Jakarta l'insalubre!!!
Bonjour tout le monde!! Je savais que je m'attaquais a quelque chose d'un peu plus difficile avec l'Indonesie, mais j'ai quand meme eu une petite periode d'adaptation. La ville de Jakarta est une des villes qui possede le pire traffic routier de la planete. Les motos fusent de partout et le majorite des voitures carburent au diesel. Les odeurs sont tres poignantes et la pollution difficile a supporter. Nous n'etions suppose passer seulement une ou deux journee ici et j'en suis tres heureux. Nous avons finalement retrouve Stephanie et Luc a...Jump to full entry
Feb 11, 2009 - Jakarta, Indonesia
I arrived in Jakarta around midnight last night, so no good photos. Besides, my biggest concern was finding a place to lay my head at such a late hour. Indeed, the first five or six places the taxi driver took me to were full, so I was happy that I eventually found a place that was pretty nice and for what I thought was a decent price. Today didn't get any easier, as I immediately noticed that the outlets have two round holes like in the UK, instead of the slits like in the USA, so I had to got to get an adapter immediately if I wanted to...Jump to full entry
Jan 11, 2009 - Jakarta
Day 1: A family day at Arie's house to recover from jetlag. So many, many cousins, aunts, uncles to meet (you will see what I mean when I am able to put the photos up). Jakarta is unlike any other city I have been to, in that, you don't attempt to navigate your own way about. Everyone has a driver to take you places and security guards on every road and shop or restaurant entrance. Not a particularly easy place if you are a tourist on your own. Not that that was a concern of ours, with tour guide, Arie, leading the way.Jump to full entry
Nov 5, 2008 - Jakarta!!
We had a read of our guide book and found out the main "backpacking area" as we were just outside the man area. We ordered a cab and he dropped us off where we had told him to go........basically in the middle of a street that pretty much had nothing down it! We are not sure if we were dropped off in the right place or if the place was just really rubbish! So we went for a wander....Jakarta reminds us very much of India, they are a bit more starey again here and not too much to do. So after 10 or so minutes we decided Jakarta wasn't for us...Jump to full entry
Oct 15, 2008 - Jakarta
by Lora We left Yogyakarta by train, headed to Jakarta. On the way we passed by the most beautiful scenery - from flooded to dry rice paddies, mountains, rivers filled with black stones, and small towns. When we arrived in Jakarta, we headed straight for a budget hotel recommended by Lonely Planet. Let's just say that Lonely Planet is not always accurate. We checked out after only a few hours and found a really nice room around the corner (not even in Lonely Planet)! I wasn't feeling the best, so it was great to have a clean and...Jump to full entry
Jul 17, 2008 - Pangandarren, Jakarta and Singapore
Hello everyone, guess who. After Yogyakarta (see photos) we moved onto a place called Pangandarren which is billed as Javas only beach resort. We had to say goodbye to Jodi and Bryan affectionately known as the Canadians!! We had a great time traveling with them and it was a sad moment when we left! We have promised to go to Canada in about 10 years time when we can aford it as it sounds like a great place and they told us all about where to go. Im sure their trip was funded by the Canadian tourist board. We arrived at Pangandarren after a...Jump to full entry
Jun 28, 2008 - Into Indonesia...
From extravagant oppulance to excruciating poverty, captivating landscapes to catastrophic eyesores, delectable aromas to defiling stench, dynamic productivity to drowning in red-tape... Indonesia, like much of the developing world, certainly is a land of extraordinary contrasts. The fourth most populous nation in the world (upwards of 250 million), with the world's largest muslim population, occupying around 18,000 Indian Ocean islands, Indonesia is a melting pot of multiple ethnicities and cultures, many of which are several millenia old....Jump to full entry