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Jakarta

Colonial drunken times

We arrived in Jakarta around 11pm and got to our motel quite easily which was nice. The hotel however, wasn't nice. We dropped everything and went for a walk around the neighborhood, which was pumping because it was a Saturday night. The area was Jalan Jaksa, and full of foreigners. We got some food and set out looking for some alcohol, which wasn't that cheap. We were accompanied by a guy from Boston who attached himself to us for a while.
Sitting outside a supermarket having a beer, we were approached by a couple from England. They were going to a club called Stadium and asked if we wanted to join which we did. Stadium was a pretty big club and it was absolutely jammed with Indonesians. It was crazy!! In the club they also had prostitutes which approached us instantaneously because we're white and “rich”, according to them, oh and ridiculously handsome, haha. We politely refused of course, and they left us alone but gave us “come hither” looks every time we saw them through out the night. In the club you were given one free drink, which was tiny and gone quickly. So we went to buy another round which was extortionate to say the least. We then found out that people didn't really drink in the club, they took...other substances instead, which we obviously didn't do. Don't worry mum.
They played house / drum 'n' bass music and we noticed that the dj was actually a guy in his 60s or 70s, it was hilarious. We didn't stay too long and headed home at a reasonable time.
The next day we decided to go to Kota which was the old colonial Dutch part. It was actually quite a poor area, but the buildings were nice to look at, even though they were falling apart.
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We then went to the famous cafe Batavia which has a big square outside it which was packed with people. It was a mini-market with people selling knick-knacks, sunglasses and such, and tonnes of tourists walking around. Lots of girls and some guys too came up and asked us for photos which we thought was funny. We didn't put our arms around them because we were afraid of pick-pockets, but also because we smelled quite bad that day.

Posted by blarfengar 08:33 Archived in Indonesia Tagged jakarta

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