We spent a short 24 hours in Jakarta on our way home. Our friend Wietje had come to Goshen in the late 1990s when her children were attending Goshen College. She lived here for 8 years before she was forced to leave. We have maintained contact with her – and her children – since then. We even visited her in 2009 when she lived in China for a few years with her daughter and family. She and her daughter and family have moved to Jakarta.

Jakarta is a huge bustling capital city of about 10 million. There is a large mix of cultures, of architecture, of rich and poor, and much history.

We stayed in a small apartment on the 32nd floor of a high rise. Wietje and family live in another building of the same complex. We didn’t have time to see much of the city. Wietje took us to several malls. (Shopping/visiting in malls seems to be a favorite pastime for many Indonesians!) The malls were getting ready for Christmas.

Our last lunch was at a seafood restaurant on the ocean. We could choose whatever seafood we wanted—still swimming or on ice—and then have it cooked in whatever way we chose. It was a great feast!

2 Responses to “Jakarta”

  1. michelle Says:

    That is a TALL building – I got dizzy just looking at the photo that looks down on the swimming pool! And that’s fishes eyes are huge! 🙂

  2. Ron & Sally Jo Says:

    Yes, it was TALL. We were on the 32nd floor and weren’t at the top! It was amazing and scary to stand on the balcony. Thought people would like that fish!!

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