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Arrival to Jakarta. Selamat datang di Indonesia!

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The flight of Doha Jakarta was better than his predecessor, perhaps because this time we spent more than nine hours sleeping and eating. At 15.30 local time we landed in Jakarta. Selamat datang di Indonesia. Welcome to Indonesia! In order to enter the country it is necessary to first pass through a window where you have to pay the visa: $ 25, or € 21. Since we only had a € 50 bill, we were given the change in rupees. With the form and the payment receipt, we went to pass immigration. Of all the windows that there were, only three were for the dozens of foreigners who queued patiently. And so we stood an hour waiting, tired and sweating from the heat it was, until it was our turn.

Upon leaving, they were waiting for us to take us to hotel FM7, which we chose because of its proximity to the airport, since the next day we flew to Yogyakarta (in the center of Java) first thing. The hotel surprised us pleasantly: the facilities are new and the airport transfers are free. We left our bags in the room and went straight to the spa of the hotel, which was also included in the price. The swim in the pool and in the jacuzzi They came with pearls to recover from the long journey.

With the forces renewed and a little more neat, we set out to visit Jakarta That afternoon. What surprised me most was that everyone who asked them what they liked most about Jakarta didn't know what to tell me. Almost everyone recommended shopping centers and even someone told me that mountains of tea plantations were about 60 kilometers away. But nothing downtown, nothing historical ...

In the end, as we did not know very well where to go, we decided to visit Glodok, Chinatown. For this we use a company taxiBlue bird, since everyone had insisted that, above all, we only take taxis from this company. At least with them it is not necessary to haggle because they work with a meter. Along the way, the taxi driver showed us a bit of Basic Indonesian Bahasa:

Please: / tolong /
Thank you very much: / terima kasij bañák /
No problem: / kambali /
OKAY: / baík /
I'm sorry: / saya minta ahab /
Hi: /Halo/
Goodbye: / Slama tinga / / da-dá /
Yes: /already/
No: / tidák /

Being Sunday afternoon, traffic was complicated and, after almost an hour and 108,000 rupees, we arrived at Glodok. This neighborhood turned out to be very decadent (and I fall short). Almost all the shops were closed and the streets barely lit (something common in almost all Indonesia), and the place itself gave a little bad vibes. We asked the taxi driver if the area was safe and he said:

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