Sunday, 26 August 2012

Gelora Bung Karno Stadium

Being married is all about sharing caring and making sacrifices and what more can a married man do than to agree to get up at 6am in the morning and go with the wife jogging, despite drinking the night before and desperately needing a lie in and a chance not to wake up before 8am, still that can happen next time. 
So up at 6 off we went to find somewhere to jog and that place happened to be at the main sports stadium of Gelora Bung Karno at Senayan. 
Every Sunday now in the city in the morning is now car free which means from Senayan to Thamrin only TransJakarta buses can enter. Push bikes, roller blades, skateboards, and people on foot are also allowed but cars and bikes etc have to find other ways around the city. Now that's OK today as there are still lots of people coming home from Pulang Kampung but next week it will be more crowded.
Anyway, after paying the security guard 5000 rupiah ( I think it was only meant to be 2000, but it helps prevent my helmet get stolen) we headed to the stadium. 
The place is locked and you can not get inside it, which is a pity but instead you and countless others get to go anti-clockwise around it for as long as you want. 
My wife went off running or something and I staggered round taking in the morning air and the sounds of peaceful people not shouting or screaming and which was very refreshing. Totally ignored by all I was free to take some pictures and I even managed to walk around the outside of the stadium twice. 

The walkers / runners

Social at 7am

Nice Statue

Ball Seller

Inside the stadium through the fence, it looks quite nice.

It appears that if you need free medical check ups then Sunday morning there are free consultations, there are also keep fit classes, Tai Chi sessions, more badminton than is probably necessary, bikes and runners and walkers and promoters promoting allsorts as well as the never ending vendors selling food and drinks all the way round from behind the fence. 
However for me, the best thing was that the whole area around the stadium was completely free of litter, nothing on the floor, no-one throwing stuff about and people seemed to be more aware to keep the place clean and tidy. If only this could manifest itself to the rest of the cities open spaces.

Anyway after an hour, we went back home and I went back to bed thoroughly tired out from watching everyone keeping fit. 
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