Don't arrest me!
Trip Start Oct 13, 2010
77Trip End Feb 22, 2012
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Although it's the tourist district, Jalan Jaksa is certainly no Kho San Road. I found a cheap guest house (or 'losmen' as its called round here) figuring it's only for one night so doesn't matter what it's like. Who needs a flushing toilet or a sink anyway, right? In a bad mood I went off to find the train station on foot so I could buy a ticket to Yogyakarta the next day. I decided to buy it myself so there was no middle man to scam me. Wrong again! Turns out the only train that stops at this particular station for that particular destination is the First Class train, which cost me about 20 quid, approximately double what I would have paid if I’d bought the cheaper option from a tourist tout!! After walking around Jakarta, I just got even more annoyed with the traffic and the fact that I couldn’t cross the road for about ten minutes, and outside the backpacker area there were virtually no tourists so everyone started at me. Funnily enough I saw lots of police and they were all very young and friendly and all offered me cups of coffee and helped me cross the road.
Everyone kept asking me about the hundreds (no exaggeration) of bites that I have
I only came to Jakarta because the flight here was half the price of the one to Yogyakarta, my destination in Java, where my old penpal Amelia lives who I have come to visit and finally meet after 15 years! So after a crap nights sleep on a broken bed with about ten boys who appear to live at the guesthouse watching action movies outside my room, I boarded my First Class train and left for Yogya.