On Saturday, Chad and I and a friend went to check out the city's new water taxi. Having a water taxi in Jakarta may seem like a bad joke, given how polluted the canals and rivers are. But I love the idea of getting around the city in boats, and I love the idea that maybe water taxis will inspire people to stop throwing trash in the canals.
Maybe others agree, because there was a pretty long line to get on board.
This first route is clearly just a touristy thing. It only runs on Saturdays and Sundays, for a few hours a day, along a brief, 1.7 kilometer stretch of the Ciliwung River.
Yes, the water was dirty and yes, the engines clogged with garbage. Twice, actually. But it really wasn't very smelly.
People seemed to have a good time, especially the kids.
It looks almost romantic in the sunset, doesn't it?