Made a day trip to Yogyakarta recently to accompany my university’s English student club on an outing to meet another English student club at a different university. The other chaperone and I split after the formalities of the morning introductions to enjoy the tourist and shopping attractions that Yogya has to offer, and met up with my friend Amber (another English Language Fellow) in the process. Yogyakarta has dokars (horse-drawn carriages) as a form of public transportation, although these are mainly in the touristy areas. Semarang does not have these as a regular form of transport, plus I’d never ridden in a horse buggy, so I wanted to try one. And we did! It cost about $2.50 for four adults to ride about 25 minutes from one part of Yogyakarta to another. What a fun way to get around!
In other transportation news… today I called a taxi company to send a taxi to my house (taxis don’t regularly patrol my housing complex, so I have to call for one to come rather than standing on the street to wave one down). When the taxi pulled up he had a big goofy grin on his face. I thought it was a little odd, but then again, I find a lot of things in Indonesia a little odd, so I didn’t think much of it. I got in the taxi.
Driver: S2? (The name of my gym.)
Me: You know?
Driver: Yes. I took you there yesterday.
So I’ve now had the same taxi driver twice. In a city of 1.5 million people I think that’s noteworthy.