Often, people around here will make jokes about how, if you wanted to, you could not get the attention of the police if you really needed them. Maybe this is why the expectations of Jakartans are not that high.
I wondered, when everyone told me, “You wait for the Lebaran holiday…just wait for Idul Fitri. The city empties,” what they were talking about. How can traffic differ so much because of a holiday in a city of 28 million?
Then, this morning. I noticed that there was no noise at all as I walked back to my apartment from the pool. No traffic. No background hum. No Jakarta. It was as though the city was shut down. Everyone had gone home. No one was stirring.
I snapped the bottom photo a little over a month ago. I snapped the top photo about two hours ago. I’d say that I get what everyone was talking about.