Last weekend, me and 9 friends went to the 1000 Islands, a popular vacation spot just outside Jakarta. And by ‘just outside’ I mean like a 3 hour boat ride.
We were all pretty tired from the ‘Day of speaking Indonesian’ the day before, so we were looking forward to some snorkeling and playing cards.
Since the boats leave at 6 (or so they say) I had to get up at 2.45 in the night to get a taxi from my suburb to the harbor. I woke up, showered, got dressed and went to the door, only to find the gate around my house locked. This is probably just as much to keep filthy, horny men out at night, as it is to keep us fragile, easily corrupted womenfolk in (oh if they only knew how corrupted I already am!)
Unfortunately, the owner of my building was away at a wedding so nobody could open the gate. So I had to get a chair, put it next to the gate , climb up, throw my bag down at the other side and then jump. I broke out of my own house. I think things like that are the reason Indonesians think white people are crazy.
I finally got to the spot where 8 of us got two taxis. Now, when I wake up super early, my stomach kind of revolts. So I was sitting quietly in the cab, trying to think of rainbows and unicorns, and all of a sudden I have to throw up. Thankfully, the taxi driver managed to stop before I jumped out of the car and fell to my hands and knees to throw up the little breakfast I had.
To add to my humiliation, the other taxi stopped as well, so I effectively had 9 people watching me dry-heavy by the side of the road.
Anyways! After a long taxi ride, and a longer boat-ride we finally made it to out island and got our (very spartan) rooms for the night. We had lunch and went snorkeling, we fed the fishes chocolate bread and played some Jungle Speed and Uno. And we did a whole lot of just hanging out.
Rainbow hug – M’s photo
Here is a triple-continental rainbow hug. Which is, like, one of the best kinds of hugs.
The next morning we went to a turtle hatching centre, where they help sick and young turtles, and release them back into the ocean when they are better/older. We got to hold some turtles, which was cool. Turtles carry salmonella, which is not cool.
The whole group – M’s photo
This is the whole group as we were waiting for our boat back to civilization. I must remember not to sit between the two darkest people of the groups for photos again. This is starting to get very awkward.
All in all, I had a pretty wonderful weekend.
The flying turtle