Day 36 – Tues., Nov. 1, 2011 – Jakarta, Indonesia

     Jakarta is the capital and largest city of Indonesia.  Located on the northwest coast of Java, at the mouth of the Ciliwung River on Jakarta Bay, which is an inlet of the Java Sea.  Jakarta has an area of 255 square miles and a 2010 census count population of 9,580,000.  Jakarta lies in a low, flat basin, averaging 23 feet above sea level, 40% of Jakarta, particularly the northern areas, is below sea level, while the southern parts are comparatively hilly.  Jakarta has a hot and humid tropical wet and dry climate.  Despite being located relatively close to the equator, the city has distinct wet and dry seasons.  Jakarta is the country’s economic, cultural and political center.  It is the most populous city in Indonesia and in Southeast Asia, and is the tenth-largest city in the World.  It was made capital of Indonesia when the country became independent after WWII.

     We were supposed to dock in Tanjung Priok at 7, but the pilot boat did not arrive on time and it was around 9 when we docked.  There was entertainment on the pier for us.  We had a CC tour with Louise and she wanted to be the first off the ship.  There was a tent set up so the crew could visit with their family.

Jakarta, Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia

     The traffic into Jakarta was horrible.  We couldn’t figure out where every one was going.  There was traffic all day long.  We passed a canal where there were little boats you could use to get to the other side.  Our first stop was a boat yard where some took a ride across the canal.  They said the boat was dirty, rickety and the water was filthy.  Jakarta, Indonesia  Jakarta, Indonesia  We then went to the Wayang Puppet Theater which was opened on August 13, 1975.  It used to be a Dutch church.  On November 7, 2003, in Paris, UNESCO proclaimed Indonesian puppets as “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”.  The museum is located

Jakarta, Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia  in Moseom Fatahillah Square which also had the old Batavia City Hall.  There were bikes with hats that you could rent to ride around the square.  Jakarta, Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia  After that we drove down Thamrin Boulevard to see the Monas National Monument, the top of which is gold. Jakarta, Indonesia

 

We also passed the Presidential Palace.  There is a large park around the monument, but the people are only allowed in it in the morning.  We then went to China Town where a few got off the bus to visit a temple.

Jakarta, Indonesia Traffic!Jakarta, Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia

     We then headed back to the ship, it was good to be home.  Jakarta is not a place I would have to visit again.  When we went to the Lido, we saw young men in white shirts and bowties.  They were from the HAL school in Jakarta and they were working in the Lido to practice their skills.

     The entertainment tonight was operatic favorites by tenor Lee Bradley.  He sang many types of songs, even one by Elvis.  He added a touch of humor to opera.

“Time is that quality of nature which keeps events from happening all at once.  Lately it doesn’t seem to be working.”    ~   Anon

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