Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Selamut pagi (sell-ah-MUTT pah-GEE)

Good morning to you from Jakarta! I arrived Monday afternoon and have been busy ever since. The weather is hot and humid, feels a little like Mississippi, but more intense sunlight. It is definitely a reminder of how close we are to the equator. Just driving from the airport to the hotel, we could see our work being revealed in front of us. This picture was taken from my hotel. First, you may notice the haze, likely from air pollution. Motorcycles are the most effective mode of transportation here, and their emissions are many times that of a car. In the distance you can see a round domed building, this is a mosque. If not for jet lag, the 430 am call to prayer might have been an effective wake up call.

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