13th of April 2014
To come from Sweden to a city like Jakarta is a cultural chock. I am not thinking in terms of food, language or similar bagatelles, no I am thinking in terms of traffic. If you think about traffic as a running stream of water – Jakarta is a glacier (maybe everybody doesn’t know that, but glaciers are “flowing” really slowly).
However, it’s for sure great to feel the hot tropical winds blowing your mind once again… However, however they lost my luggage in Amsterdam.
It didn’t bother me that much though…It is easier to walk around without a house on your back while trying to find your way to a new hostel. However I missed the opportunity of cleaning myself in the evening after the long flight and a blanket to cover my body from the mosquitos in the night time. The hostel was a little sketchy, so I moved quickly to a couchsurfer!
The process I am going through in Jakarta isn’t really the most interesting thing to read. I am getting permits a little bit here and there. I need to get approval from RISTEK, then I need to get my SAPP, and of course my KITAS. Ah…and from the Forestry!
Oh, do you have no clue what I am talking about? Well to be honest, neither do I. There are so many permits it just becomes some kind of blurry mess. But they seem to have strickt ruels for doing research. A lot of people need to give their ok and that takes time…
As I mentioned I was couchsurfing. For the first time in my life I was getting hosted by someone. Couchsurfing.com is a webpage made so people from different countries can stay in local people’s home for free, while everybody gets a nice cultural experience and of course gets to meet new people. That’s the idea at least. A lot of people do it plainly for the money and my last experience hosting people was bad…
Now I stayed with a lady and mother called Yenny, with her two kids. We went to the mountains together and were practicing photography, but unfortunately it was raining most of the time. We spotted some huge moths (moth= the hairy butterflies living at night) and ate some great tofu marinated in ketchup (!?) and tempe which are fermented soya beans.
All in all, the process in Jakarta is going on for about one week.
My next blog post will be about my arrival Borneo!
Sampai bertemu lagi! SEE YOU!!