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... a fun and interesting experience...though the open, unshaded square almost did us in because of the intensive heat and humidity.
Nearby, we explored the exterior of the neo-Gothic Catholic Cathedral as Sunday mass was in session and the cathedral was jammed with worshippers. it was consecrated in 1901. We continued across the street to the enormous Istiqlal Mosque, also known as Independence Mosque, capped with a spherical ...
... t been away from it since we got to Ancol, and before that all round the Dutch square. It is similar to the theme tune to "Charlie chalk" played wrong, on a stylophone by a drunk, and is as grating a tonedeaf child learning play the recorder. It's also only 7 seconds of music and on a constant loop. The icecream men are vastly underpaid. Whilst buying sunnies we were stood between two of them that were out of synch. If he'd said a tenner a pair I'd have bought them ...
... floor to get onto that floor. Since all three parties were on different floors, it was actually difficult to conference together, but in any case we managed and it was delightful.
I am extremely proud, however, of our first adventure - partly because it was so much fun, but mainly because it was an adventure completely led by my Kyle. I think he was pleased as punch that our first adventure was led by him so successfully, but it definitely put a vibe on what we ...
... evident that the government is less involved domestically then I'm used to. The police don't work after a certain time, usually after 2 pm. There are hardly any taxes being paid (more common in Jakarta). There is a subsidized gas pump for business vehicle but everyone uses it anyways because it's one third of the price. We have to to pay for many things separately because even though someone is employed many often don't receive a wage, and if they get the minimum, it's ...
... which are frequent and violent in the rainy season) the roads flood. Jakarta is a city of extremes, where the haves and the have nots rub shoulders, and where the slums jostle for space amongst the soaring office and condo towers. Vic had rented a car and driver for the day, so after a breakfast at Starbucks we headed out of Jakarta to the mountains about 3 hours away, where tea is grown, and harvested. There, we took a walk through the fields and through a small ...
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