Choking and hot Jakarta (Jakarta, Java, Indonesia) May 1st 2009 (Day 392 on the road)Jakarta is just as crazy as I expected it. It is a huge city with close to nine million people (19 million if you include the suburbs). It is loud, crowded, hot, polluted, and the roads are jam-packed. There is no subway, just cars, motorcycles and buses choking the inadequate roads of the city. City planning seems to be almost completely absent. I didn't enjoy Jakarta ... read more
Asia » Indonesia » Java » Jakarta The Dutch began to colonize Indonesia in the early 17th century; the islands were occupied by Japan from 1942 to 1945. Indonesia declared its independence after Japan's surrender, but it required four years of intermittent negotiations, recurring hos... ... read more
Living the Dream - Ben travelled around the world - April 2008 until March 2011
Update: I have published a book about my trip - you can find it on Amazon, iTunes or Kobo (and most other online book shops).
In April 2008, I quit my fast-paced corporate job, sold most of my belongings, and left on a world trip - and never looked back. Starting in Berlin (Germany) and heading east, m... full info