. The lady managing the school was very thankful and provided us with a Pedang diner after the class. On Saturday, I went with Tiur to the Institutio Cervantes in Jakarta where she is taking up Spanish. Here too, I was the honored guest speaker where I could practice my English again and went out for lunch with the class. These are all adult learners who were curious to know about my travels and why I travel and how I can afford to travel. I enjoy my time with Tiur very much, it is very special to me as I really get to see inside the Indonesian culture.
My next stops will be the botanical garden in Bogor and then Yogyakarta, Solo, Bromo and then Bali.
After a rather unsuccessful attempt in taking a 28 hour bus to Jakarta, I opted to fly as the price was the same as the bus ticket and i got picked up at my wonderful Merdeka home stay and dropped off at the beautifully new Padang airport. In less than 2 hours, I arrived in Jakarta where my servas host Tiur was waiting for me. Tiur lives an hour away from Jakarta in Cicupa Raya. I am staying with her and her sister and have met a few of her lovely neighbors who asked me many questions and shower me with food and massages. Life is good, especially since I was so adamant to not to go to Jakarta. Tiur became a wonderful friend and I know that we will be in contact for the rest of our lives. It is a different lifestyle here, both Tiur and her sister work at the same company and have a driver who takes them to places. I like this very much as we donīt have to wait in the heat for crowded buses. I was the honored guest at an English school where young kids had the opportunity to practice their English by asking me questions for 30 minutes