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Ben's Jakarta II

Some culture

storm 28 °C

Ben met us at the hotel again with his morning cakes in hand and we set off in a Bajaj (horrendously noisy, fume-belching, 2 stroke, 3 wheeled, partially crippled transportation device) to catch the train at Tebet station. Being creatures of habit, we went back to Bakoel for an extended breakfast before taking an energetically operated small green bus to the National Gallery. Ben had hoped to take us to a biennial exhibition but it had disappeared so we checked out the permanent collection. Although the attendant was fast asleep, we enjoyed the art on display.

From here we walked across the Monas (National Monument) area to the National Museum which houses a very good collection of artefacts and demonstrates the enormous diversity of the country.

We then embarked on another transJakarta bus ride back to the swanky business district where Ben wanted to prove to us that there were some formed footpaths in the place. This ride was not at peak rush hour so this time we missed the "nose in someone else's armpit" experience of the previous journey (although there is actually something quite liberating about having one's buttocks pressed up against those of a complete stranger).

Ben squeezed in one more coffee house that specializes in "single estate" beans before we went back to our rooftop haunt to meet up with Kath, a fellow staff member of mine who is also over here at the moment. The evening was finished off with a meal at a duck restaurant near to Ben's work.

Posted by Neil-Sonia 03:11 Archived in Indonesia

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