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Entries from November 2010

car – free day

November 14th, 2010 · 2 Comments

every second sunday one major street in jakarta is closed for motorized traffic. we started early at five in the morning. getting up at four, some coffee in the lobby, loading up the truck with equipment and merchandise and then cycling to the city centre. the area was closed for cars from six in the […]

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Tags: fashion · people

not your usual cycle store

November 14th, 2010 · No Comments

the next morning we went shopping. i only got half of the items on my list and the most important one, new brake pads, was sold out. we tried our luck at another rather exquisite place. with a stylish interior… and some machines to be the envy of them all. campagnolo was present but not […]

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Tags: equipment · locations

friday night ride

November 14th, 2010 · 1 Comment

we started with a small group from b2w and met with other cyclists at a central building. more and more cyclists joined, mostly decorated with blinking lights. the motto was ‘kelap kelips’ and almost everyone was illuminated like a christmas tree. photographers on the way took pictures of the event. drivers seemed to be already […]

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ragunan zoo jakarta

November 14th, 2010 · No Comments

the next day i met up with dorit and timor at a friends home close to the zoo. after a phone call a meeting with the people at the orangutan refuge was arranged. dorit and abi from the bike to work organization playing with one of the orangutan ladies. then we met ulrike freifrau von […]

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Tags: locations · people

bike to work

November 14th, 2010 · 2 Comments

the organization moved to a bigger venue just recently and, after assigning office and meeting rooms, had still some space to spare. so they now offer a place to stay for travellers coming through jakarta. an indonesian couple was staying there as well who just finished their tour around the country. they are both deaf […]

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Tags: people

bengkulu – manna – bintuhan

November 12th, 2010 · 2 Comments

from bengkulu it is an amazing ride to the south. half of the time with view of the ocean and small villages with friendly people along the way. after a whole day riding through the rain, my camera broke down once more. it seems a plastic bag is not enough protection in these conditions. so […]

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Tags: food · people · travel

circumnavigating traffic jams

November 12th, 2010 · No Comments

i started with another culinary recommendation into the day and had lontong for breakfast. it gave enough energy to last through an off-road trip i had to take as the road was blocked with cars because of a market holding up the traffic. i just followed the motorcycle drivers which drove through the fields, someones […]

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train expedition to sawah lunto

November 10th, 2010 · 1 Comment

half past seven? no, half past six. bad start into a day. i mixed up the times and it seemed impossible to reach the train station at padang panjang  in time to get on the weekly train to sawah lunto. colonized by the dutch in 1888, it grew as a mining town until 1940 and […]

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Tags: travel