People, people, everywhere!
Jakarta Travel Blog› entry 13 of 17 › view all entries
June 30th, 2010 – by: Bluenosergirl
The day before yesterday we went to Mangga Dua mall - it was like a gigantic indoor flea market where you could buy all kinds of knockoff items (purses, watches, wallets, etc.). I am not sure, but I think the one building we were in was 7 or 8 stories tall - and there were other buildings we did not get to! These malls sure put our "BIG" shopping malls to shame, that's all I can say.
Today Bianca and her family are off to visit some other family in the area, so Wendy and I are staying behind to relax and tidy up our suitcases and figure out what we've bought. So far I have been fairly good - a couple handbags (LV knockoffs) and 2 wallets (again, knockoffs) and some souvenir trinkets. I will likely buy some more trinkets in Bangkok next week and Bali the following week, but overall, I don't plan on spending a whole lot on things to bring home.
So far the heat is not bothering me - Bianca (native to Indonesia) is finding it much hotter than I am...I guess I was meant to live in a tropical climate! The traffic/driving, on the other hand...whew! the first time our car was swarmed with motorcycles I thought we were being attacked, but quickly learned that that's just how things are here - at home if bikes surrounded you like that you better start to pray because it is likely a biker gang looking for trouble! Here it's just a very popular mode of transportation. Nobody pays attention to the road markings, weaving in and out of traffic like there's no tomorrow (and I'm so afraid that there might NOT be a tomorrow!) and it is scary to see someone riding a motorcycle, wearing flipflops, and texting or talking on their cell phone too! I've seen as many as FIVE people on one bike - it is very common to see entire families riding together and often nobody has a helmet on.
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