Jakarta is huge.
Having only spent two days here I can't claim to know the city well but I can say that it shows its population of over 10 million in the traffic, frenzy of people everywhere and the pollution. I am not fond of any of these things. However, there is also beauty in this city. Despite the number of tourists and expats this city attracts I was received with welcoming smiles from the locals everywhere I went.
Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world while ranking 17th in terms of land mass. It is also the most populous Muslim country in the world. The demographic statistics of this country are fascinating and available for you to read here if you're interested.
It is also a diverse country with many religious groups represented. Below you'll see photos of the Istiqlal Mosque – the third largest in the world. Across the street from it is the Catholic Jakarta Cathedral. During high holidays each uses the parking lots of the other to accommodate those attending.
While visiting Jakarta is a must, I confess that I was happy to be moving on with the knowledge that calmer times lay ahead. The next stop on my tour as a guest of Overseas Adventure Travel was the botanical gardens in Bogor which was made en route to our second major stop, Bandung.
Suffice to say, I'm a bit overwhelmed and haven't yet processed enough about my trip here to write about my experience well. However, I have pictures.
I hope you enjoy this overview in photos of my first two days in Indonesia.
Jakarta and Bogor – Some Select Photos