13.02.2008 -17 °C
Wow I can't believe that we are actually here!!!
We spent our first day exploring the city of Jakarta. It is not at all like what I expected it is actually very sad in a way, I mean you can be walking down town with modern buildings and a rich feel (and even a few Gucci stores); then you turn the corner and the pavement runs into a dirt street lined with houses that look as though they are made with bamboo and about to fall down. The garbade and the smell are horriable and yet there are kids running up and down the street playing games, smiling and laugh. There is an unbeliveable amount of history here and most of it is based around one religion or another. We went to the Kota (Jakarta Old Town) this is where the dutch and portugesse frist landed and began to colonize the city. We also went to see the National Museum and we got some really great deals at a local market called Mangga Dua, which means Two Mangos. This market was filled with shops sell every thing at wholesale prices and we pick up some local hand made pots
City of Jakarta
We started out our day by catching the train to Bogor, a town just south of Jakarta that was once the capital of Indonesia durning the short lived British occupation. The ride was about 2hours and the train was not comfortable at all. Once we got to Bogor we had Ngohiong it is made using flour and pork, deep fried and then served with tofu, fried potato wedges, a thick sweet sauce and pickles. It looked kindof gross but it tasted really good. The gentleman who sold us the Ngohiong told us that the city is the rainiest city on the island and that we just happen to be there on one day when it did not look like it was going to rain (he was wrong).
The city its self is fairly modern but the neat thing is that it has all of these little gardens and rivers and strems running through it too.
We went to the Botanical Gardens, and it was beautiful. There were so many different kinds of flowers.
There was a Presidential Palace there that was once the summer residence of the Governor-General of Java. It was soo different from any other palace I have seen it was unique the art and the design was amazing, breathtaking.
After we finished there we went to a local market where bought I some local hand made fabric, it has a great pattern and feels almost like silk.
Tomorrow we are off to the island of Sumarta to begin our Trek Escapes Tour.
We are soooo excited.