Bogor Travel Blog› entry 172 of 658 › view all entries
July 23rd, 2007 – by: Deats
Arriving into Bogor our first priority was to get checked into a hostel. We had left all of our big bags in Jakarta, so the 20 minute walk was a pleasant one and our first chance to view an area away from the capital. The first thing to strike me was that the weather was far cooler, although the traffic seemed just as hectic. The day was already drawing to an end and as we had time on our side, we checked in and ate a meal at the hostel, before walking down to the local supermarket to get some beers and nibbles to accompany our evenings entertainment around the ludo board.
The following day we made our way to the zoological museum to take a look at some stuffed animals and a skeleton of a Blue Whale.
Next door to the museum stands the impressive Botanical Gardens, which are the real reason for a visit to Bogor. We spent several hours meandering through the paths and encountering some wierd and wonderful things. Firstly we met a local guy with a huge flying fox called Baron. We had seen a stuffed one in the museum before and Julia had been a bit scared of that, although she did liken its face to one of a dogs. I on the other hand love bats and used to help rehabilitate injured ones, so Baron to me was like a large bat.
We carried on our way and visited a palace set by a small lake, some old Dutch gravestones, a really beautiful orchid garden and finally an area with some interesting cactii. We were both getting pretty hungry so left the splendid gardens behind and made our way to KFC for some 'local cuisine'! Julia was desperate to do some early birthday shopping and we trudged around the mall for a couple of hours managing to buy a watch each and also some t-shirts. As daylight began to fade, we made our way back to the hostel to pick up our bags and catch a bus to Cisarua.
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