One Day in Jakarta

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The BOLT motto is to travel fearlessly, serendipitously and pennilessly.  I have to admit I often fall short on the fearlessly. Especially when planning to visit a new, big city I usually have some anxiety.  Jakarta was no exception.  There was a bombing here not too long ago and a big taxi strike a few days ago. I read that Jakarta was crowded, polluted and difficult to navigate.  All of this became very big in my head.

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ME!

But we needed to go to Jakarta for our flight out of Indonesia and decided, despite my trepidations, to come for a few days.

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View from a Jakarta Bridge Walkwsy

Turns out, as usual,  that my fears were unfounded.  Jakarta is a pretty cool city! Every where we went people were friendly and helpful.  We had a great walk from our hotel to the National Monument and Museum, enjoyed some delicious local food and made it back to our hotel, happy, safe and exhausted.

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Modern City with Old World Heritage

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Beautiful Tile on a Jakarta Building

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Tuk Tuks, Scooters and Traffic Everywhere...No Problem!

I feel pretty good that, despite my anxiety and fears, I am willing to try new things and explore new cities. I have learned that I can’t rely on negative reviews or opinions.  The reality, when I am open to it, is often far different.

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National Museum
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Food Vendors
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National Museum
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In Front of Our Hotel

I’m sure Jakarta has problems, what big city doesn’t?  As a good friend recently reminded me “a life spent in the  Crenshaw district has certainly prepared me for anything Jakarta has to offer.”

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Jakarta Fountain
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National Museum
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Jakarta Cathedral
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This is our hotel, The Amaris.
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As Always, Kwan Yin Love Was With Us, National Museum
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