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Another capitol, another busy sprawling metropolis. With a population of over 10million people perhaps it is not a surprise that Jakarta is more than just another city. Apparently known as the "Big Durian", an apter namesake it could not have asked for. Whilst it might have the familiar edge of a western city with shopping centres and large …
7.11 - 12.11.09 Jakarta, Java, Indonesia.
Jenkeilla voi olla iso omenansa mutta Indoillapa onkin ISO DURIAN! "Stinky fruit" onkin melko onnistunut vertauskuva talle hajujen ja makujen tayttamalle betoniselle hornankattilalle. Indojen paakaupunki Jakarta on joskus tunnettu nimella "The Pearl Of Orient" mutta nyt ilmeisesti pieni "taantuma" …
... out that we were on the right track and made it back in time for a short rest before meeting our guide and the rest of the tour group.
At 7, we met our guide, Sukio (who is from Pangandaran, where we will visit later), and our Intrepid group. It is a nice mixture. We have Tracy and Brian from Edmonton, Janet from Toronto, Lyndsey from Nottingham, England, Julie and Roger from Sydney, Australia, Claire and Amy from Melbourne, Australia and another couple from ...
... made of the impressively large trees of a former age, and gracious chandeliers. From the central square, we walked to the port, to see hundreds of wooden boats loading and unloading their cargo. Here, we watched a ship unload propane tanks in an impressive display of the Indonesian people's great tolerance for risk. From here, we paid a fisherman $7 to take us to a slum a little ways from the port. The slum was ...
... done both and this was worse.
It started with me saying hello and asking how many people already knew me (since within those two weeks I already knew quite a few of them by name). More than half raised their hands. At that point I started to ask if they knew my name. They responded in unison. Then if they knew where I was from. Again, in unison. The nice part was I didn't have to really talk for nearly the first half hour. Then they started to ask if I was married. *sigh* Dammit.
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