Some things I’ve learned in the last 3 weeks here in Jakarta:
- Shopping here can be hard for introverts and shy people. Often you’re the only person in the store, and there are two, three, maybe five or ten assistants standing around. They’re all asking if you need help, and even when you’re just looking, they will offer suggestions for products, or hover. It’s their job, yes, but when you don’t speak the language, it’s agony if you’re shy.
- Unless you have reliable transport (and maybe not even then!) it’s really hard to get more than one thing done in a day. Traffic and the difficulty of reliably being able to get a cab, combined with the difficulty of walking even short distances as a solo female, mean that even short errand runs are complicated.
- There are unexpectedly sweet things like the security at Senayan City putting out chairs for the people in the long taxi queue.
I realise none of these are new, but they’re mine!