The Java Express

Toot toot !  Alllll Aboard !

I was very almost bodily carried from the ticket counter to the waiting room and from thence onto the train by these lovely Indonesians.  What fine, kind people they are.

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I’m sorry this is such a crummy shot but it took me by surprise when all the porters at the station in Jakarta lined up on the platform with their hands on their hearts.

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So off we went on another grand adventure.

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The conductor came through, looking for all the world like a very senior airline pilot, with his own armed guard to boot.

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Were we comfortable ?  Yes we were.

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Useful signs were everywhere. You may call them signs ( I suppose I just did), but really, they are rules to live by, particularly the last one.

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Then, like a vision, the two most gorgeous and beautifully apparelled food and drink vendors arrived, wheeled their trolley down the corridor and gave me a rather delicious hot chilli chicken and rice dish.

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Jakarta and the Jakartans sped by, strangely beautiful.

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More porters and people, this time Surabayans.

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And so to Banyuwangi where I met lovely little Ronnie, the sunglasses King.

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