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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Sunday, July 22, 2012

{Our arrival in Jakarta, Indonesia}

As promised in my previous post Fly with us to Jakarta, Indonesia, now I show you some photos of our arrival in Jakarta at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. Click on the hyperlink's photo gallery to see this beautiful airport. It is designed by French architect Paul Andreu, who also designed the Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris, France.
Of course it makes one longing for a shower and a good bed after two nights on the plane. Our last years of consulting we were fortunate to use the day-hotel of Mercure Schiphol Terminal in The Netherlands. That way at least you can sleep for several hours during the 12-hour lay-over and get a refreshing shower.
After arriving in Jakarta, we always used a taxi from the Blue Bird Group, for taking us to the  Aryaduta Hotel. This used to be Hyatt, now it is under the Lippo group. Driving the toll road it gets you into the busy city of over 9 million people. Arrival at the airport would be around 16:00 o'clock in the afternoon. Remember that between Georgia, USA and Java, Indonesia there is a time difference of 12 hours. Our night is their day! Actually we did make this commute to our work in Indonesia a total of 21 times, from Atlanta, USA.
Good morning Jakarta; Selamat pagi Jakarta...
Naturally we would wake up very early the next morning, almost before dawn... Sunrise in Indonesia is around 6:00 o'clock, year round. Sunset is around 18:00 o'clock, also year round. One has to get used to the shorter days as this country is right on the equator.
The view from our room at the Aryaduta hotel was incredible, almost like a painting...
A bustling city is waking up!
This is taken from the Hyatt lounge where we had our breakfast with great view from the huge windows.
 Packed up and ready for the last leg of our journey to work... waiting in the lobby of the Aryaduta hotel.
It feels great for having had a nice bed + shower...
My leather journal has been written and the newspaper read.
Here you can see where we are and where we are heading to.
Indonesia is the 4th most populous country in the world and is very spread out. See my link below (Fly with us to Jakarta Indonesia) for a map of Indonesia in relation to the USA. 
The flight on KLM Royal Dutch Airlnes made a stop in Singapore, before reaching the capital of Indonesia; Jakarta.
Our final destination is Yogyakarta by plane, but this trip we will go by helicopter...
At Halim, the military airport of Jakarta.
Getting our luggage into this helicopter... 
Ready for the last leg of the journey...
Baggage handling is easy.
Pieter is already  seated and I will have to get next to him in the center seat...
Take off...
The view from the heli was breathtaking but it is very hard to capture on camera...
Two pilots are on board as is necessary in Indonesia, a country that is full with vulcanoes. Mount Merapi which is near Yogyakarta is 2,930 m (9,613 ft) and last erupted in November 2010. Previous large eruption occurred in 2006, shortly before the Yogyakarta earthquake.
Indonesia is in the ring of fire, an area with a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
Due to the clouds coming in, we could not reach our final destination in Central Java on the Dieng plateau. So one more hotel night in Yogyakarta and early morning we finally arrived.
English is widely spoken but often in a funny way.
As is here used on the sign of Hellypad instead of Heli Pad...
This is in the mountains, at one of the mushroom plants' location.
Stay tuned for more about our consulting work in Indonesia near the Indonesian Twin Volcano Sumbing-Sindoro...

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  1. the city views are beautiful! i still could not make that long journey, though. :)

  2. Dear Mariette,

    I have enjoyed reading about your trip to Jakarta and what a gorgeous view over the City. Love the cloud formation.
    Travelling, I find one of the hardest things is adjusting to the time difference in another Country.

    Happy weekend

  3. Dearest Mariette,
    You are enjoy at the Jakarta...
    Beautiful young lady Mariette!!
    Love to you....

  4. Gosh, that is such a long trip. And once you get there, travel is still not complete. I've never been up in a helicopter before. I get sick in very small planes so not sure how I would cope with it. I notice that you and Pieter are wearing the same color shirts -- is that intentional? You two always seem to compliment each other. One day I would like to get to Indonesia. Malaysia is on our places to visit, too. Have a great day! Tammy

  5. Liebe Mariette,

    ich wünsche dir viel Freude und

    Alles Liebe

  6. Lieve Mariette
    Wat een mooi foto's ik kijk erg naar U op dat je dat allemaal durft zo in het vliegtuig en helicopter zo een verre ries te maken.Zijt maar voorzichtig zo ver weg,maar geniet er ook van.Ik wens jullie veel plezier op jullie reis.
    Lieve groetjes Carine

  7. Het ziet er uit als een heerlijke reis.....mooie foto;s !!...liefs Ria...enne bedankt !!...xxx...

  8. Hi Mariette,

    Pieter and you have seen so much of the world. I always enjoy you taking us on a trip. Jakarta looks like an interesting town to me. The view from the sky is amazing. It must have been so exciting travelling by helicopter!

    Wish you a happy weekend!

    Madelief x

  9. Dearest Mariette
    Thank you for sharing it!

    I forgot to tell you that our sheep are dutch from the beginning. The breed is Texel.
    Wish you a nice weekend too!

  10. Lieve Mariette,

    Het reizen over de wereld voor je werk kan en zal fysiek erg vermoeiend zijn,maar het lijkt me ook heel interessant om al die verschillende continenten aan te doen.

    Wij maakten in 1996/97 kennis met Jakarta tijdens onze rondreis over vier eilanden,Sumatra,Java,Bali en Lombok.Daarna vlogen we nog naar Thailand.

    Het was een heerlijke reis met goede reisleider die ons veel heeft laten zien in Indonesië.
    In Yogyakarta vierden wij Oud/Nieuwjaar nadat we bij de Prins en Prinses in Solo gastvrij onthaald waren met dans en diner.
    Midden in de nacht werd onze touringcar met gezelschap onder politie begeleiding over de zeer drukke JL Malioboro terug naar Hotel gebracht.
    Ik vergeet nooit meer de kakofonie aan geluiden van de toeters waarmee de bevolking het oude jaar uitgaat en het nieuwe in, niks geen vuurwerk of alcoholische dranken.....maar wel één groot feest.

    Oh.....ik was weer even in die sfeer van gamelan en kretek sigaretten....

    Fijn weekeind en lieve groeten!!

  11. ✿彡✿⊱╮¸.•°
    Amiga, que fotos lindas!
    Bom fim de semana!

  12. O my , rather you than me! I really hate flying and travelling, it so takes it ourt of you.. but I guesss what needs to be done, you need to do. Lovely pictures Mariette!!

  13. PS It seems like most of your readers are under the impression you are now making this trip , and/or have just made this trip, but I hope I understand it right that this is when you were both still working as consultants- and as Pieter is now retired this trip and these pictures are from some time ago?
    Anyhow it looks you really had to put a lot into your work .. and can now luckily enjoy your beautiful garden.. have a great weekend !!

  14. wonderfull fotos ,greeting from Belgium

  15. Wat een lange vluchten hè? Soms zag je er moe uit.
    Nam je ook altijd een kroketje op Schiphol of had je daar geen tijd voor?

    Mooie foto's van Indonesië.En ook nog per helicopter!

    groeten Janny

  16. Dear Mariette, as I don't get to travel very much, I am really enjoying your experience and beautiful photos from, for me, such exotic places of the world! Have a great day!

  17. Dearest Mariette
    This is very much better than reading travel stories in books.
    Jakarta seems to be a very beautiful city. What a great view you had from the hotel!

  18. What an exciting life of travel for you and Pieter! That is a beautiful city, and I never would have guessed it was the 3rd largest country in the world! I have never been in a helicopter or small plane, but I do love flying, especially when the jet first takes off and you feel that 'rush'. The world is quite beautiful from the air. You are as lovely as can be in your photos with your handsome Pieter. xx Love to you.

  19. Dearest Mariette,
    Oh, thank very much for lots of the information about Jakarta, Indonesia!!!
    Your life is always amazing and exciting☆☆☆
    Your pictures are also GORGEOUS, dear friend.

    I wish I could have a chance to be on the helicopter, hehe.

    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  20. Emozionante salire sull'elicottero!!!! Bellissime le immagini di Jakarta ;)
    un abbraccio
    p.s. sei molto elegante!!

  21. What a lovely place and a interesting story. Now I've read you profile. The cite look beautiful.


  22. My dearest friend Mariette,
    What an interesting post you made today, very nice pictures and you look so beautiful as always, I wish you and Pieter have a wonderful time at Jakarta,
    Love to you my friend
    Laura :0)

  23. Oh we've arrived Jakarta! The view from your hotel is incredible! I agree, it's almost like painting...

  24. Oh my dear friend , what an amazing adventure (long, but worth every minute). You and Pieter look so relaxed and well put together after such a long journey ... seasoned travelers you are. I'm so enjoying your writing and photos. Wishing you a fabulous week..Blessings, C. (HHL)

  25. Dearest Mariette,
    what a great post! Those Sky-Pictures are fantastic! but you looked tiresd, sitting in the lounge... Great Photos,
    have a lovely time!
    Love and hugs,

  26. Good Morning Indonesia!
    Hello Darl', you made me home sick. I love much better Yogyakarta rater than Jakarta. You've shooted a very nice pictures of the sky.
    The blu of indonesia
    Love to you

  27. Auch hier schaue ich gleich noch ... wirklich ein Traumhimmel! Aber Ihr wart ja nicht zum Vergnügen sondern zum Arbeiten dort. Und im Partnerlook - sehr schön! Schöne Erinnerungen, liebe Mariette!

    Irgendwie sind die Kommentarfelder jetzt anders. Weißt Du, ob sie so bleiben?

    Alles Liebe auch hier


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