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Travel Blogs from Jakarta
... one that is going through such torture. I
will never forget the people that I met at the Vipassana and the bond that we
have together. I knew there was a reason why there was only one course
available in the time frame that I was able to attend: the three roads and the
people. This is an example of things happening for a reason and the way in
which the universe guides you to what is right which will also be an underlying
philosophy of my book.
This was ...
JAKARTA: day one 03/07
After the usual bureaucracy I got a taxi (booked at the airport) with Tommy. He took me to the hotel I had chosen to go to. The owner there didn't seem very happy to see me. Maybe it was his manner or that he is a just a grumpy soul. Anyhow the air con rooms were much more than Lonely Planet said they were, so I went for the room with a fan. I should point out that hostels don't exist in Indonesia as we know them. Here you have your own room; ...
... a taxi before they leave to go their separate way... it's a bit overwhelming sometimes. Although there are men that do that regularly in the states, it doesn't happen nearly as often as it has here so far. We walked around for a while then I got a taxi back to my place. At about 330a.
Good thing I remembered I didn't have to work the next day cause I was sleepy when my alarm went off.
Too bad I woke up before I remembered :/
... working constantly, RUBBISH! Was glad to move on!
Airport Tax: $20
Water: $0.25 for 1.5l
Transport: About $15 per hour for a taxi
Average Daily Spend per person: $33
Transport there for both of us: Flight from Bali $160
Total Spend for both of us inc. Transport: ...
... I have seen so many of these that we are underwhelmed by this little one.
At last we return to the Bangka for a well earned rest in our air-conditioned room, in preparation for our train journey tomorrow. We have been well and truly seduced by Jakarta, a city that held no promise for us and now, thanks to Rama, Rico and Rini, the three 'R's I call them, we have learned to appreciate this megalopolis. It may be the Big Durian, but with the Bangka B&B as our base, it feels more like a bowl of ...