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Me and Baron the Flying Fox
People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Juliana (Russia)

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.
Orchid garden in Kebun Raya
We met a nice guy from Papua who spotted us eyeing up a Casawary and was proud to tell is that they are found where he originates from. It was strange how identifiable the guy was in comparison with the Javanese and i guess highlighted the fact of how diverse the cultures really are across Indonesia.

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.
In a spot of bother with a cactus!
I held him on my fingers, but became slightly nervous when he took a liking to my thumb and began chewing it. Whilst it didn't hurt, the fear of breaking the skin and rabies jabs flashed through my mind and i decided to hand him back. I managed to do this just in the nick of time, as his bladder gave out followed shortly by his need for a number 2. I was thankful that my clothes were still wearable as the path we were standing on took a real battering!

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.
mypictures4u says:
Botanical graden in Bogor. I remember this place. Did you see this trees:
http://www.travbuddy.com/photos_popup.php?pid=115820

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Posted on: Sep 19, 2007
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Me and Baron the Flying Fox
Me and Baron the Flying Fox
Orchid garden in Kebun Raya
Orchid garden in Kebun Raya
In a spot of bother with a cactus!
In a spot of bother with a cactus!
Blue Whale skeleton
Blue Whale skeleton
Baron captured at a sensitive mo…
Baron captured at a 'sensitive' m…
Julia in front of Istana Bogor
Julia in front of Istana Bogor
Julia in Kebun Raya - the botanica…
Julia in Kebun Raya - the botanic…
Pineapple growing in the tropical …
Pineapple growing in the tropical…
Julia in the orchid garden
Julia in the orchid garden
Orchids in Kebun Raya
Orchids in Kebun Raya
Orchid garden in Kebun Raya
Orchid garden in Kebun Raya
Me with some orchids
Me with some orchids
Orchid garden in Kebun Raya
Orchid garden in Kebun Raya
Interesting planst in the botanica…
Interesting planst in the botanic…
Botanical Gardens
Botanical Gardens
Bogor
photo by: cicie