Blok M Square, one of Jakarta's largest shopping malls (complete with minaret)
Our final stop in Indonesia was where most visitors begin: Jakarta. Scrambling to get all our work done before our flight back to Europe, we hit over a dozen hotels and restaurants on Jalan Jaksa before heading to Kota, the old Dutch district, and the bustling port of Sunda Kelapa. Minutes after stepping off the Trans Jakarta bus to the city center, we were again dripping with sweat, savoring our last taste of roti canai, mie goreng and sate in grimy street cafes. We took an evening walk along the base of Jakarta's new-age skyline, stopping into some its giant malls and catching the last showing of Midnight in Paris at a plush new theater. After a quick train trip inland to Bogor, we caught our Air Asia flight the next night out of Indonesia.