I was very lucky to be invited along on a volunteer trip to Jakarta, Indonesia. What I will write about in the next few posts are based on my observations, so any errors are my own. i spent time on the island of Java, in and around the city of Jakarta only. The area I went to is amazing: the people are incredibly friendly, the food is full of spice and tasty, and everywhere I went had something for me to marvel at.
The population density is high, so many people live in apartments or in multigenerational homes which are close together, separated only by walls or narrow paved paths. I did no real sightseeing; I traveled into areas which I assume are not usually accessible by typical tourists. Because Indonesia is a developing country, some of the infrastructure is not what I've come to expect in other places I have visited. For example, there are not many roads that have sidewalks. Rather than walking, people use a bus, car or motor scooter to move around. If there is a sidewalk, it may not last long or it may be used for other purposes. We drank only bottled water, from sealed bottles or cups with a thin seal and a straw. When we arrived somewhere, water was often one of the first things served. The photo above shows some of the equipment used to test the water quality in a small river flowing through one community.
So those are some general comments; get ready for a quick trip to Jakarta.