Brisbane to Jakarta – Day One.
6 am start on our last day in Australia. Arrived at Brisbane domestic by 7.15 am and sitting on a plane at 9.15 am. Checked in and no worries. Arrived into Sydney with plenty of time to catch the shuttle to the international airport. Sat and enjoyed a hot chocolate whilst the boys played in the McDonald’s playground and checked out the free Wifi on their iPods.
Flight out of Sydney to Jakarta went off without a hitch. The plane was half empty and we were well looked after by the staff. The boys travelled really well and the kid’s meals were great. None of us slept on the 7 hour+ flight so by the time we finally arrived in Jakarta we had two very tired boys.
We paid our $100 US for 4 visas and stood in line for a stamp in our passports. Denny at the immigration desk took a liking to Patrick and shook his hand and gave him a hi-5 as we left. We got our 2 checked bags and made it through Customs without a problem.
My cousin James was there to meet us as we got to the terminal and then our adventure really began!
Steve, the boys and I got in their car and their driver Harsono drove for over one hour to the apartment complex. I knew from watching tv that the traffic in Asia (in general) would be interesting. Our journey got off to a great start and then we hit the traffic. 3 lanes of traffic became 5 with motorbikes zipping in and out; often we drove in the safety lane and I’m glad I couldn’t see the speedometer because I would hate to think how fast we went at times. There seemed to be some sort of system of flashing lights and beeping to survive the merging traffic. I have no idea how the cars are not trashed.
Patrick fell asleep within 5 minutes and Harris wasn’t too far behind. It was a great relief to finally make it to the apartment complex and see Karen. James arrived not long after as he followed in a taxi.
We put kids to bed and were not too far behind them – that is after I emptied the contents of my backpack to wash off the shampoo that spilt everywhere! Thankfully everything was ziplocked bag – however next time the shampoo will get ziplocked too! I have travelled many times and never has that happened before – first time with a backpack and let the shampoo run.
Earplugs went in so we didn’t get waken up by the call to prayer! Day One over.