Just 22 hours on the trot!
Trip Start Jun 22, 2012
39Trip End Jul 17, 2012
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Where I stayed
Morrissey Serviced Apartments
While I had asked for a window seat one on this second flight to Jakarta as well, I was assigned seat 51 F which was down the back in the middle of a row. Many years ago I flown over Australia in daylight right over Alice Springs and can still remember the vast red and orange outback view thousands of feet below. So it was disappointing to hear the Captain say .. "For those on the left hand side, we will in a minute be flying over Uluru (Ayres Rock)". With the setting sun, it would have been a magic view. A pity that I was stuck where I was.
Flying aboard the A330-200 at 36,000 feet, the flight to Jakarta was oh so long at nearly 8 hours. Oh well, can‘t be helped!
At last Soekarno-Hatta, Jakarta’s airport loomed out of the darkness as we touched down at 7.45 pm local time. Just 13 hours airport to airport. My body clock was now telling me that it was now nearly 1 am.
Paid the US$25 visa fee, eventually got my bag off the luggage carousel and an hour after touch down I opted to pay 200,000 Rp (NZ$ 26 or US$ 22) for a taxi / private car from one of the many taxi booths inside the terminal. I was glad that I did this as the queue outside for one of the Bluebird taxis was quite long. It could have been a bit cheaper for the Bluebird taxi but having been on the go for so long, I just wanted to get to the hotel.
Even after 9 pm, the traffic on the motorway and city streets was still very heavy. It took just 45 minutes to get to Morrissey Serviced Apartments, Jalan Wahid Hasyim No 70 in Mentang. Still hot even at this hour of the night.
By now my body clock was telling me it was 3 am so I did not take much rocking to get some much needed sleep. So that was some 22 hours being awake. Just a small price to pay for ones travel. I am sure that the "No Jet Lag" tablets helped.
So what will my next 2 days in Jakarta reveal - a bustling city with some 10 million people awaits me? I had done little preparation for this trip and want each day to reveal a little about this country of some 250 million people.