Monday, June 27, 2016
Adventures in the East part 1: Jakarta & Yogyakarta
''Prepare yourself, Bente. A culture shock is ahead of you. Your first Asian city!'' Seriously? I mean, I've seen so many big cities already: New York, Paris, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles. It can't be that bad, right? Well, my friends were right. Soon as I left Soekarno Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, I felt overwhelmed by all the activity on the streets. The chaos, the smell, the dirt. And so many people still around at midnight. ''You start to wonder when Asians sleep, right?'', my Couchsurfing host Don said, ''they don't go to bed before midnight and they wake up super early too''. At that moment, I had no idea how they could still be alive. I'd been awake for almost 40 hours by then - somehow, I just cannot sleep in an airplane - and all I longed for was closing my eyes for more than a minute.
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