Fountains, statues and police officers. . .

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Jakarta is one of the biggest cities in the world, and by far the most populous in Indonesia. Once a disease-ridden colonial capital, it is now a thriving city racing to catch up with those in developed nations. The construction crane in the background is one of many in the city.


From my field notebook

Wednesday, March 13, 1996:

Indonesia: Java: Jakarta: Jakarta is wild! Sprawled out in the shadow of a volcanoe (to the east), it is an eclectic hallucination of ancient and modern, East and West, rich and poor, powerful and downtrodden. It is fascinating, crowded, polluted, frenetic, under construction and falling apart. All sorts of smells, from exotic foods to raw sewage, assault my insensitive nose.

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