Sunda Kelapa Harbour
Jakartaâ€¦ I never really liked Jakarta. I think itâ€™s too hot, dirty, polluted and way to big for me. But I think the 9 million people who live here disagree with me (Amsterdam has 750 thousand inhabitants). Of course itâ€™s good and interesting for my friends to see this metropolis, cause itâ€™s one of a kind in the world. Anyway, weâ€™re not going to spend much time here.
We were picked up by a mini van with two drivers. These two drivers will accompany us for three weeks. After dropping our stuff in the hotel, we took a ride through Jakarta. We went to the Sunda Kelapa Harbour. Once this harbour was the most important harbour in Jakarta. Jakarta has its origins in Sunda Kelapa and the village around it. Itâ€™s still a working harbour. The typical boats are beautiful and interesting to see, but thatâ€™s about it. (Later back home I found out thereâ€™s also a fort there, but we didnâ€™t see it).
We continued the ride through the slum area and through the villaâ€™s and embassies. Itâ€™s hard to believe how extremely rich some people are and how extremely poor most people are in Jakarta.
I saw my friends fighting their sleep, we were really tired after the flight. So we end our ride at Tugu Monas (the National Monument Tower) with itâ€™s top plated with 35 kg gold and went back to the hotel.
It was a hot day, but in the night we slept very well in the air conditioned 4 stars hotel.