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The Indonesian Trip - Jakarta / Java

In the middle of August we started our journey through Indonesia, with packed backpacks and full curiosity. By plane, we went from Doha to Jakarta, from where we will travel from Yogyakarta, Bandung, Borobudur & Prambanan, Malang, Bromo, Banyuwangi, Bali to Denpasar, Kota, Lovina Beach and finally the island of Lombok Visited After arriving in the Indonesian Megacity, we set out to explore the Indonesian capital in the rainy weather, or, to say the least, smogalarm and humid tropic temperatures. Our first destination was Alt-Jakarta, with the historic district of Kota and its former colonial districts. (Note: since 27 December 1949 the island state of Indonesia is independent of the Netherlands.) Here in Kota we found good and numerous restaurants, which served us the first Indonesian specialties.

My absolute tasteshighlight in Indonesian cuisine is Mie Goreng, Lalapan Goreng, Saté, Nasi Jampur and Nasi Goreng or the delicious Basko soup. Indonesian cuisine is very healthy, as the dishes are rice, vegetable, fish and veal. Many different spices around the taste, but the chef should be understood how sharp one would like his dish, not the one the oxygen remains and his oral cavity balance only over a liter of milk recovered. Heavenly taste and hellish smell, are two words which describe the food process of the Durian fruit. Be courageous and be part of this adventure. (Insider knowledge: Many hotels and airlines do not allow their guests to take the fruit to the room or on board.) Good appetite and nose! As shown in Fig. After the little "bite" we visited Fatahillah Square and the Stadhuis, which is now used as the Jakarta Museum. Here different mobilies and paintings from the colonial period are exhibited, while in the dungeon of the house from then on the prisoners were kept. The entrance is very cheap - but you also can not expect great things.

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To the east of the square is the House of Fine Art with the associated ceramics museum. The rooms are decorated with Indonesian paintings and exclusive ceramic products from various Asian countries. Something off the beaten track, in the Pintu Besar Utara Street, is the wonderful Museum of Shadows, which is certainly worth a visit for their fans. From the large square, we moved further into the outskirts of Jakarta `s, where we later drove with the motorbike to the well - known Sunda Kelapa - the historic Frechenhafen. On the way, we encounter the brutal poverty of the population, as well as large and small slum areas. Jakarta is the economic motor of the Southeast Asian region and with 13 million inhabitants the largest city of Indonesia. No wonder, according to what we saw, estimated 20-25% of people live under the poverty line.

Having arrived at the port, we are faced with the world's largest fleet of barge sailing vessels. From here, the colossi are loaded with a wide variety of goods and exported to a variety of Asian countries. The dock workers work for a handful of coins and perform a bone job while loading and unloading the ships. From the traditional Sunda Kelapa port, we take a small boat to the nearby seafaring and fishing village. Balancing, we cross the first wooden flanks and reach the alleys decorated with pennants, where many small shops offer delicacies. Fishy, ​​with intense smells, it goes in the morning hours at the fish market (Pasar Ikan), where colorful bustle and best bazaar is.

On our way back, we were met by very warm people, who invited us to their backyards to chat a little bit or ask for a small obolus. Of course, communication took place only with the help of hands and feet - but we had fun. Outside, on the street, there was now a permanent habitat of the permanent Autokara tubs. One had the feeling that Jakarta sinks in the traffic jam and dirt. The latter becomes even worse when the great monsoon rain begins, for then the rivers cross over and float that which no one wants to see nor smell. Many houses are then bedróht by the collapse and exacerbate the situation of the Indonesians.

On the last day of our 3-day stay, we walked again over the Merdeka Square - the so-called Freiheitsplatz. This is where the life of the supermetropolis takes place, as lovers, thoughtful people, joggers and tourists come together to enjoy the park a good quiet time. In the middle of the complex stands a 137 m high obelisk, at the top of which is a flame of 32 kg of gold leaf.    In the immediate vicinity of the complex are the National Museum (an absolute must for ethnologists), the Governeurspalast and many horse-drawn carriages, which invite you to a romantic tour. (Attention - the risk of rip-off in this type of business is very high, negotiate the price of the trip in advance and let it be confirmed by a piece of paper.) On our last kilometers through Jakarta, we visited different markets, with the birdbase in Pasar Burung and the flea market in the Jalan Surabaya particularly heartfelt. However, due to driving hunger and smaller losses of power, we preferred a restaurant near our hotel. At dinner, we realized that Jakarta is a city that should be approached with respect, because it is able to devour a size and unpredictability. There are so many new and exciting things to be found in the Indonesian culture and its people that I would recommend a trip of 2 - 3 days in this metropolis.  


Christian Overview 

In Jakarta, there is a German Protestant church community, which organizes worship twice a month. Basically, one can say about the situation in Indonesia that the tensions of the last years among the different religions have increased and conflicts, up to terror attacks against Christians and church-fire burns prevail. Facts: In Jakarta, over 80% Muslims live mostly Sunnis, about 10% Christians and roundabout 4% are Hindus or Buddhists. Interesting link: mission-21.org

Useful tips

  • From the airport you can reach the city by the bus of the company DAMRI. Departure is directly in front of the terminals.
  • If you prefer taxis, take the Blue Bird. Always put the right small money into your trousers pockets, as the taxis never give out change money.
  • The tourist office can be found at the Jakarta Theater Building, Jl. M.H. Thamrin 9, Meteng Tel .: 021 56 60 00 German Embassy / Consulates: Jl.M.H. Thamrin 1, Jakarta, Tel .: 021 39 85 50 00
  • The Visa on Arrival is valid for 30 days. Costs about 30-40 $
  • Sate Khas Senayan is a traditional Indonesian restaurant. Address: Sate Khas Senayan - Jl. Kebon Sirih Raya, Meteng
  • Upscale culinary requirements are met in Lara Djonggrang, Jl Teuku Cik Ditiro 4. On the market, it is customary to act and examine the goods closely.
  • Traveling Tipps: Conflict avoidance - striving for harmony in every situation, the opposite wants to preserve his face. A service dip is not a must but are gladly seen. Service personnel should be 1000-4000 Rp to attach, because mostly it is their only source of income. Orientation 5% - 10% tip in the restaurant.
  • Best travel time is from May to September.
  • If you want to travel by train, then take the air-conditioned night express trains from the Jakarta Kota Station, Jl. Stasiun 1, in Kota. (Trains depart from here to Yogyakarta, Surakarta, Surabaya, Argo Bromo, Cirebon, Semarang.) From the Gambir station (J Medan, Merdeka Timur), express trains go to Yogyakarta, Madiun, Surakarta, Bogor and Bandung. Attention in the air-conditioned trains it becomes partly cool, so that you should always have warmer things handy.
  • If you want to use mobile Internet, Bolt should grow.
  • You never know what you hold in this city in your hand - that's why you always have a disinfectant spray.
  • You will find a good accommodation of the middle class in the "homely fine" Cipta hotel Cost-conscious backpackers should look at the Packer Lodge