Tinker hasn't quite caught up with me, so the next set of pictures aren't up yet for me to post, so I thought I'd show you three photos of Jakarta I have taken from my hotel window, as I am sure it is a city most of you have not seen.

It is a city of about seven million, I believe, and is actually quite a beautiful city, if you get a day when the humidity allows you to see it.

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And while this has been my first visit to an equatorial country and so I - still a biologist at heart - am delighted with all the banana and coconut trees, the exotic birds and animals - the thing to stymy me the most is the day/night aspect of living so close to the equator. In Britain, of course, we have huge variations in the length of the day and night, depending on the time of year, and when I left home at the beginning of the month, the sun was setting about 8:30PM and coming up about 6AM. Here it is exactly half and half - like clockwork! - which means at six in the morning, you get day and at 6 in the evening you get night! And it is almost that fast!! There is very little dawn or dusk. Consequently, it has actually seemed quite dark to me here in Jakarta, as I was accustomed to much long light in the evening.

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