Today we ventured out to explore the biggest mall in Jakarta, which is one of 173 malls in this city. Yes, you read that correctly, there are 173 and all of them are HUGE! There were a total of 5 floors to explore and the mall was divided into the west and east wings. We only had a couple of hours, as our main purpose for visiting this mall was to visit the Cafe Shirokuma which had the most elaborate and decorative ice cream desserts. Bridget tried out the Snow Waffle Cone . . . absolutely incredible! The photos say it all so be sure and check them out! We then walked around a little bit and came across a TON of really cool restaurants that we'll have to check out next week, but one in particular caught our eye and we stopped to eat at the Marche Restaurant, which is so unusual, but incredibly delicious. Basically when you walk in, you receive a card, and you go to each station, decide what you want to eat, order and hand the card to the person at each station and then pay at the end. There were salad stations, steak, chicken, pasta, pizza, beverages, fruit, desserts and bakery, etc. There were so many things to choose from, and it was very satisfying and delicious. My favorite was the watermelon lemonade which would quench anyone's thirst!
The cab ride over to the mall from our hotel took forever, (did I mention that traffic is horrendous?), but thankfully on the way back, it had died down a bit and our cab driver was so great. We were trying to communicate, but the language barrier made it challenging to tell him where to go, but I learned some new Indonesian words that our cab driver taught me . . Kiri means "left", Kanan means 'right' and Lurus means straight, so I used the words I learned to get us back to the hotel.. "Thank you" is Terima Kasih, "You're Welcome" is Sama Sama. He said he loved Americans and that he liked us a lot. He was so friendly and appreciated that we wanted to learn how to communicate with him! This cab ride was a far cry from last night's adventure as we have learned that most cab drivers have absolutely no clue where they are going, and we ended up in North Jakarta, and had to try and figure out how to get back to the hotel. LOL
Tomorrow we head into a four show weekend, so I won't be posting a whole lot I'm sure. Monday is our day off and we are going on an incredible adventure to check out the famous volcano . . Krakatau. It is a 3 hour car ride to the boat, then an hour and half boat ride out to the island. We will have the opportunity to hike the volcano, then go snorkeling nearby. We are all very excited! Stay tuned next week for more updates!