Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Why Travel Tuesday: Jakarta, Indonesia

(Every Tuesday, I will be featuring a photograph from a place I have gone to, a photograph which I believe will inspire others to go out and see the world for themselves. For this week, Why Travel Tuesday features a photo from the notoriously dirtiest and most congested city in Southeast Asia: Jakarta, Indonesia.)

Cikini-Menteng Area at Night, Central Jakarta, Indonesia
The evening rush hour chaos and traffic along a street near Central Jakarta, the Indonesian capital.

Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, is not the cleanest and most attractive city in Southeast Asia, but I give it some slack. After all, I come from Manila, a city also in Southeast Asia which enjoys the same notoriety. Besides, Jakarta did have its, dare I say it, beautiful corners, like the grand Istiqlal Mosque in Central Jakarta. Truth be told, I kind of enjoyed the evening rush hour the few days I was in the city. It was Ramadan when I visited, so when the sun set, there was this almost festive air with people, cars, street-side food stalls (locally called warung), and food markets all booming with life and activity. At any rate, Jakarta did provide a great introduction into my three-week trip through Indonesia. More stories to come!

Which chaotic, congested city did you surprisingly have an alright travel experience?

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