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Presenting the telling of the tales home for the stories of Isa Betancourt and Rumaan Malhotra's trek in the land of the orangutans.

A foreign land

Our flight landed at 1am in Jakarta. It sounds like a terrible time to land but arriving from the USA, which is located nearly on the opposite side of the planet, we were more tired from traveling than from sleepiness.

An airport shuttle picked us up. For whatever reason, traffic was terrible!
Just stepping outside the airport, we were already learning a lot about this new culture. Motorcycles are way more common in Indonesia than in the USA and even if there are 4 drawn lanes on the highway, nothing stops motorists from creating 5.
 

At 3am we finally got to our room where we were welcomed by tasty and colorful treats.

At 3am we finally got to our room where we were welcomed by tasty and colorful treats.

A view of Jakarta, Indonesia.

A view of Jakarta, Indonesia.

Lovely and relaxing pool area of the Four Seasons

One of my first meals in Indonesia

One of my first meals in Indonesia

Ready to dig in. I went for a little bit of everything! I want to try it all.

Ready to dig in. I went for a little bit of everything! I want to try it all.

During our time in Jakarta, we stayed at the Four Seasons Hotel. It was a very comforting place to stay and helped balance the initial discomfort of navigating in a foreign country. It also provided an intense contrast with our future room and board arrangements at Camp Tuanan.

In the morning, I checked out the view and snapped a quick selfie to send to my family to let them know I made it successfully to Jakarta.

In the morning, I checked out the view and snapped a quick selfie to send to my family to let them know I made it successfully to Jakarta.

From the hotel room, we could see a field with livestock. Very peculiar for the center area of a major city!

One morning we woke to music playing. There was a run happening and a music group was set up to entertain runners.

The Four Seasons offered a delicious breakfast buffet every morning which offered a huge variety of foods.

Rumaan enjoys his brunch.

Rumaan enjoys his brunch.