Monday, January 18, 2010

It was a little more the 24 hours door to door from the house in SF to the hotel in Jakarta. Came via Taipei, 13 and a half hours in the back of a China Airlines 747. Then another 4 and a half hours to Jakarta. Met at the airport by a driver who spoke no English but that was not a problem. Hotel is just down a large boulevard that goes through the financial district and is two blocks for Grameen’s office. Very convenient. Had a quick dinner with Sean DeWitt, my contact at Grameen and Budiman (Budi)Wikarsa, PT Ruma's Managing Director, and the head of Sales and Marketing, Okky Irawan. Great satay and Indonesian beer that you would mistake for Heineken.

As expected, Jakarta is much changed from the last time I was here. I look forward to being out and learning more about the city, country and its people. So far, it’s a delight to be here.

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