Yesterday I posted about the reason for my trip to Indonesia here but today I wanted to share a little of the travel side of my trip. Indonesia has some of the most beautiful landscape, beaches and some of the best tasting food around! I would recommend it to anyone and if you plan well and are flexible you can do it on a pretty tight budget.

First stop was the crazy city of Jakarta. It is the most populous city in Indonesia and in Southeast Asia, and is the twelfth-largest city in the world (at about 9, 580 000 people). The metropolitan area, Jabodetabek, is the second largest in the world. Key words to describe Jakarta:

  • Traffic : You literally just have to walk across the road waving down cars cause there is no gaps in the flow of traffic
  • Good Food: Pedang (see next post)
  • Rich History: The city has been around since the fourth century
  • Pollution: Crazy smog
  • Islam: About 86% of Indonesia in Muslim.                                       

    Here are a few pics from my time in Jakarta:

    [Here is the Monas (National Monument) which stands at 132m tall. My guide Kameel affectionately referred to it as the 'Giant Penis of Jakarta'. It is rather phallic looking]


    [This is the traffic I was talking about, millions (literally) of motorbikes, everywhere!]

    [This was the 'homestay' that I stayed at. A simple room with bathroom and A/C. It was the sixth room that I looked at. Some of the rooms in this area were pretty crummy, glorified cupboards really]


    [I feel sorry for the people who ride bicycles around the city. You take your life in your hands]


    [My city walk guide Kameel (aka Penis Man) who took my on the public transport and walked me around parts of the Jakarta] 


    [A typical street in Indonesia, in fact it is quite typical for South East Asia]

    So this is a little snapshot of my two days in Jakarta. Here is a travel quote that kept me company on this trip, 'The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see' (GK Chestorton)