After a quick 20 hour flight, I arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia. One of the first things I thought while waiting in line at immigration was that I’m in one of the most populated countries in the world (over 200 million) . At most airport immigration points I’ve been to, there’s usually a longer line of foreigners at immigration, probably because of longer visa/immigration procedures. But, when I came to Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, the line for Indonesians coming back to their home country was probably three times longer than the foreigner line.
While the trip from the airport to the hotel in the central park of the city was surprisingly green and open, entering the Central Business District was a total mess – cars upon cars intermixed with crowded buses and weaving motorbikes. Just in case you didn’t know, there are no metro/subway/light-rail systems in Jakarta – the bustling and modern capital.