5.30am sunrise and still warm outside. Wherever I look is water, the horizon and sky. It is so relaxing for my eyes.
We crossed the equator yesterday so I made it to the Southern Hemisphere!
Getting on the ferry was rather stressful and scary. There were so many people and shouting and men with machine guns… I could only hope that they could hold their temper. But it was all good in the end.
I booked economy class which was an amazing difference to my last accommodation. It was one bed next to the other in a massive room and when I got to my bed there was a cockroache running over my mattress Ahhhhhhh!!!! I decided this is part of the adventure and I went up to enjoy the view and trying to find one of the other four westerners I spied to finally have a longer conversation than ‘where are you from?’ and ‘Jakarta?’.
I was successful and happy but when I returned my mattress was gone and everyone just looked at me with big eyes. That was when I decided to get an upgrade to 2nd class and was on my way to the counter when I realized that all the doors were locked. What??? Somehow I found out that they came for ticket control and no one was allowed to leave the room. So I reluctantly went back to my ‘bed’ and waited. Upgrading wasn’t a problem once the staff came by. (Also, one of the stewards offered me to stay in his cabin for free, but he would join me around midnight – in his one bed. Hmmm, no,thanks…)
2nd class is a cabin with three bunk beds but I’m the only one and it is clean! Happy now and enjoying the ride 🙂 I guess I am a little spoiled but 20€ for a clean bed, no bugs, lockers and some personal space is appreciated.
I also had a crazy karaoke night and sang a few songs with the ferry band 🙂 so it was not a paid job as a singer in a cruise ship but close enough, so this dream is ticked too 🙂
I as very happy to get into Jakarta last night as I got a a lie see sick on the last stretch and also got a stomach bug – bugger.
One day Jakarta craziness and then one more long ferry. It is a shame hat I don’t have more time in Indonesia, there is so much to see and explore here. But Australia is calling badly by now.