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Departure

I am in the airport in Beijing. I'm supposed to be in Jakarta already but all flights were delayed out of Beijing yesterday, they said because of the severe weather, but it was only a light drizzle. I wonder if it had anything to do with the high speed rail accident and the train being hit by lightning. Anyway, with the one-day delay, Beijing has managed to give me a beautiful send off with the best weather in weeks. And I had a really good nap yesterday.

I've booked a hostel in south Jakarta that a frisbee player recommended called Kamar-Kamar. It's a little pricey for a backpacker hostel but it sounds like most of the cheap hostels in the Jalan Jaksa area have seen better days so I figure I'll start off in some place a little nicer. Directions by public transport seem a little daunting. I am supposed to take damri bus to blok m and then take ojek to the hostel. I will soon figure out what these words mean.

I downloaded 35 free Indonesian lessons to my iPod. They're pretty good. I now know how to ask people if they speak English, possibly one of the most useless questions I can think of to learn in a foreign language. Anyway this is fun and I'm finally getting another chance to speak a language where you roll your r's. Apa kabar, ya.

Ok the flight is checking in now, I'll try to post again later once I've arrived in Jakarta.

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