We arrive at the Island of ‘Singaporean man’s second wives’, where around half of the 1 million people population are not indigenous. It is a fairly depressing place where several hotels charge for rooms ‘by the hour’ and many of the people currently working here are away from their families in other parts of Indonesia. It is our first introduction to Indonesia,but perhaps not a very representative one (we hope!).
Welcome to Indonesia!
Given nothing better to do, we cleverly handwash our clothes and dry them in the hotel room...
... but when we return to our room the clothesline catches on the locking mechanism and we are locked out of our room for the night. Stephen is desperately trying to break back in using a coat hanger, until caught on CCTV. The hotel staff break in to the room the following morning.
Dining out in Batam, where locals iron their clothes in the restaurant in between courses.
Oh my! What did you do being locked out for the night?
They put us in another room for free, not knowing at that point that it was actually our fault for being locked out! I drew a diagram of the room and the clothesline but it didn’t translate! Ooops.