Jakarta Food & Friends | 2 of 2

Friday, February 24, 2012

We got to meet one of our sweet blog followers, Gladys, in Jakarta. She spent several days taking us around town, introduced us to her friends, made us try authentic Indonesian food (that we wouldn't have ordered otherwise), and even took us to church with her on Sunday! This girl has such a big heart and we felt really blessed to make a friend so far from home. 

Sorry for poor image quality of this post, but it had to be shared. All images taken with compact camera (while we waited for a new camera to come in). 

- Julia

Gladys and I when we first met.
Yuriy and Bobby. 

We told Gladys we just wanted dessert and this is what she ordered for us.... Weirdest dessert I've ever seen. Doesn't it look like green beans? 

At the meatball soup shop. 

Yuriy getting schooled by the local on how to eat soup.

Taking a bus to church on Sunday morning. 

We always love visiting local churches during our travels. Worship was sung in Indonesian and English so we were in luck! We had an earpiece for translation during the sermon. 

Gladys ordered all the dishes that she wanted us to try. Letting someone else do the ordering was tough, but I know we tried so much more than we would have without her.

A small gift for Gladys before we left... a shirt from our shop

Traveling would be so wonderful if we found such generous and friendly people everywhere we went! Thank you Gladys, Bobby, and Aprisal (not pictured)!


  1. Everyone here is so good-looking! And kind, open-hearted strangers are the best.

  2. Actually travelling around with a local makes the experience so much more authentic I feel :)

    The food looks amazing, except for that weird green dessert and the fish with the skin still on, I might have also been hesitant to try those ;)


  3. What nice, generous people! It would be so fun to see different places when travelling through the eyes of locals. And you even got to go to church!

  4. What a fun story :) The best part of traveling is the connections you make with people. Definitely makes the adventure even more rich in treasure.

  5. that is so sweet! you have wonderful blog friends! :)

  6. that green dessert is actually made from rice flour. the name is cendol :)

  7. dear julia&yuriy....
    wow,,that was such an amazing trip. And i am very happy you put my sister,Gladys in the best part of your trip.. Gladys have told me about your trip.Nice to know you both..
    Jessie :))

  8. This is the first time reading your blog and it's soo cool as well as intriguing! I've always wanted to travel to Jakarta and hope to someday :)Looking forward to reading more :)

    Cathy Trails

  9. Just dropped in-always nice to hear such stories-that is also why it is worth to be a blogger:)
    wonderful food-lucky you!

    Life and travelling