Wild abandon in Bandung
Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
179Trip End Oct 31, 2007
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The bus journey from Bogor had started off with the usual shenanigans (the usual shenanigans being the bus tout telling us that the bus is leaving in 5 minutes whereas the bus actually spends the next hour or so slowly inching forward in the bus terminal and then reversing because another more important bus wants to leave and generally hanging about because there aren't yet enough passengers to make the 3 hour journey profitable; only a ragbag collection of men selling packets of tissues and a guitarist hoping to collect a few hundred rupiah from the passengers - either of the passengers, that is.) Once we got going things were ok
Naturally when we arrived at the not-quite-in-town bus terminal there was a glut of taxi drivers who were only to willing to take us into town for the right price. Note: the 'right' price is always the wrong price for yours truly. We followed a man who lured us with the magic words "taximeter" - indicating that we'd only pay the metered fare. Once we got to his car he then quoted a high-sounding price; I queried his earlier comment about the meter. He pointed at said meter and said it didn't work. So only a taximeter in the loosest sense, then.
I decided not to reward him for fibbing to us and we walked round the corner to another who proceeded to quote a figure double that of the first chap. We agreed on half that amount (i.e. the figure above) so in the end we still got conned - but at least it was just a good old fashioned case of simple overcharging. So that's alright.
Bandung is a city of about 2 million and it seems there is only one place to be seen - Jl
In the evening we went to a good Japanese restaurant where we shared some very good sushi and then went for a beer in a nearby bar that, while it was not overtly seedy, nevertheless failed to provide sufficient lighting even to enable its patrons to get their drinks to their mouths without spilling it down their fronts. I'm not saying I spilled beer down my front, you understand. (T)