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Day 17 - Jakarta

semi-overcast 32 °C

Today was our first full day in Java and after breakfast we went on a walking tour of Jakarta the capital city.
We got a minibus to the centre of town and started off in Chinatown, again !
(Every city in the world now seems to have a chinatown), anyhow we had an interesting walk through the fruit market area,
trying different types of fruit from the Asian region. A new one for us was "Snake Skin Fruit",
which was a pear shaped fruit with a snake skin look and feel about it, really strange, but inside was soft white flesh that tasted a bit like apple with the texture of a melon.
When then proceeded to the fish market where they were selling numerous fish and several unsavoury delicacies such as Sea Cucumber,
which looks like a giant slug, live crabs bound in string but still trying to move and Hermit Crabs again covered in mud and creeping about.
After a visit to the oldest Chinese temple in the city we went on walking tour through the Dutch colonial railway station,
with it's art decor architecture and the various buildings around the main square.
After lunch we passed by the Presidential Palace and the National Monument, before a visit to the the largest mosque in Asia and
the 3rd largest in the world.
It was massive and can hold 200,000 people, luckily for us it wasn't pray time when we arrived !
next door was a Catholic Church built by the French in the early twenties and like a lot of churches in Asia - beautiful on the outside and
very bland and basic inside.
Once we returned to our hotel, we went for another walk out to get some provisions for a long train journey the following day,
had a chilling then went out with our guide to try some local traditional Indonesian food before an early start the next day.

Posted by Andy-Irene 01:59 Archived in Indonesia

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