of the 'perks' of business travel is that you get to join a whole bunch of clubs that you
can't track, with a whole bunch of cards you won't carry.
We had a pile of points available to us for the Hyatt, so we decided to go to Jakarta for a weekend.
Jakarta is a big, spread out, undefined mess of a city.
It's dirty, noisy, crowded, and hot.
Most of the sights in Jakarta are monuments by the government, which have
been given funny nicknames by the populace. Not exactly compelling tourist fodder.
One day, we went to the Wayang Puppet Museum. It's extensive, but old and badly lit. We also went to the South Jakarta art shops. The traffic was terrible, so we didn't spend much time there.
On another morning, we went to Taman Mini Indonesia. It's a park that recreates Indonesia through its' architecture and art. Surprisingly, it's not touristy. Most of the visitors are Javanese who will never make it to the other islands. We ate a typical Indonesian family picnic lunch with an employee of Japan Airlines and his family, waded like rock stars through a mass of schoolchildren who acted like they had never seen a white man, and jammed with some gamelan musicians.
All-in-all, a great day. If you ever find yourself in Jakarta, you should go to Mini Indonesia.