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Our first impressions of Jakarta

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after a 15-hour-flight we finally arrived in Jakarta and took a taxi to our hotel nearby the train station "Gambir". Our first impressions: what a city!! If you are not used to live in a 9-million-residents-city, you will be impressed. It is not only a boom town with a lot of traffic and skyscrapers, it is also a city of diversity of all shapes. We watched a lot of business men, who are meeting in Jakarta from all around Asia, but you also have a lot of metal plated huts. The smell is a bit "smoked", weather almost misty and the sound of city is "miep miep" (never saw as many motorbikes).
Our hotel room is in the 21st floor and we have an amazing view over the city. After our arrival we had a drink at the pool and slept a bit. The nights start early, because at 6pm it is dark and you can see the city in a different kind of way. A lot of lights, even more motorbikes and everyone is awake. We went to a restaurant nearby, which was a good idea, because it is quite hard to walk around. We really enjoyed to watch the people sitting at some streetfood places, eating and chatting...and driving their motorbikes ;) There is left-hand traffic, but it doesn't matter. They come from every direction and to cross a bigger street is an adventure. The restaurant called "Pandok Laguna" is a very nice local fish-restaurant. We were the only tourists here, but it seemed to be a mid-standard place with high quality food. It was excellent!! We had spicy shrimps and some vegetables, fried fish (maybe tilapia) and some really, really tasty fried tofu-shrimp-balls. A beer later, we said "good night". Tomorrow, we will move to Bandung!

See you,
The Soulfeeders


Posted by The Soulfeeders 19:38 Archived in Indonesia Tagged jakarta indonesia java hollidays indonesianfood pandoklaguna

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