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... changing swiftly and set to take a much larger place on the world stage in the next decade or two – now is the time to visit and get to grips with this burgeoning world player.
Jakarta was established as a settlement in the 4th Century and was an important trading port for the Kingdom of Sunda. It was also an important centre for the Dutch East Indies ...
... neon billboards screamed international brands at us, and in the dark the city reminded me very much of Joburg. This wasn't the Jakarta we had been told to avoid at all costs. It's a metropolitan. Nothing for tourists. We checked with the driver, maybe we had taken the plane to Singapore instead... In daylight Jakarta's reputation was more evident but still too negative. We were very pleasantly surprised. The streets are constantly swept and the traffic moves in a surprisingly ...
... we keep forgetting to lower our expectations of Asian cities, because we expect them to be walkable with nice architecture, green spaces and pavements. We keep forgetting that Asian cities do not work like European ones, and that so many of them are not pleasant at all to be in. You can't even walk around having a conversation because there's no way that 3 people would ever fit on their dilapidated version of a pavement. You also have to remember that ...
... front approaching. But we made it to Anak Krakatau just before the heavy rains arrived. Did I tell you I hate the rainy season?!
When the rain lessened, my guide and I climbed to the crater, but not the summit. I would have liked to go all the way up, but the on-and-off rain, uncertainty about the boat engine, and the fact that the sulphur steam/smoke belched constantly in the direction of the only trail to climb up all conspired against it. And it would have taken ...
... to the spa for a massage. There was nothing else to do! Had one final, and bad, meal at the hotel (seriously, how does the Indonesian hotel mess up their Indonesian food so badly?!). Since the holiday was over I was advised to give myself two hours to get to the airport. It took 35 minutes. And the airport did not have air conditioning. So...that was fun!
Was starting to feel really good about my decision to schedule our Australia events at the end of the trip. First ...