When we arrive in a new country, those first few days are when we form our most vivid and extreme impressions. Sometimes those impressions are spot on, sometimes they are way off the mark, and sometimes they get completely changed through further exploration of the country.
We arrived in Jakarta, the four of us, sweaty, grimy and fed-up, after nearly 30 hours of travel, including a four hour delay at Doha before the last leg of our journey. We were desperate to shower and sleep. It was 10pm when we finally checked into our hotel, the Aston Cengkareng.