The Population of Hidden Jakarta

With my Indonesian trip coming to a close, I began to look towards my last stop – Jakarta. I really wasn’t sure what to make of this sprawling metropolis, but I had heard from multiple other travelers that it is best skipped. It was just too large; too polluted; too crowded. One big concrete jungle really with little to no redeemable qualities for your average visitor.

Still, I had a few days there before my flight departed. There just had to be some kind of hidden Jakarta that would scratch my wander-itch… right?

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Sick and Sweltering on Sabang Beach

After all the running around I had already experienced in Indonesia, a nice relaxing week on Sabang beach sounded just about right. Clear blue skies, clearer turquoise water, and pale white sand. Maybe even a fruity tropical drink to sip on while I focused on doing next to nothing. Yep, this all sounded pretty good.

But, of course, it didn’t quite turn out that way… Read More

The Wild Bukit Lawang Orangutans

This portion of the trip was supposed to be great. I had it all planned out perfectly. After my volcanic slog, I’d stay the night at an inexpensive place in Kuta Lombok, then wake up early to start my trek towards seeing Bukit Lawang orangutans in the wild.

But surprise surprise, it didn’t quite work out that way. Read More