Eksplorasi Tertahan di Air Mancur Jalan Pahlawan

<—-Kisah Sebelumnya

Selepas makan malam di warung makan Ayam Pak Supar Semarang, Ezra berpamitan untuk undur diri. Dia berujar membutuhkan waktu tiga puluh menit untuk sampai di rumahnya. Sementara malam sudah menunjukkan pukul 22:30. Bahan percakapan kami juga sudah habis. Dia menawari untuk mengantarku balik ke Sleep & Sleep Capsule. Berfikir merepotkan, aku menolaknya halus. Akhirnya aku hanya meminta diturunkan di sebuah tempat yang masih ramai di arah pulangnya, dengan begitu aku tak akan merepotkannya.

Dengan cepat aku dibonceng dengan sepeda motor manual warna birunya. Beberapa saat kemudian, sepeda motor mulai melambat dan dia menurunkanku di sisi trotoar yang cukup lebar, penuh dengan muda-mudi yang duduk berkumpul di beberapa titik, diselingi para penjual kopi keliling di sepanjang trotoar.

Di sini nih Don, tempat teramai di arah pulangku. Gimana, mau turun di sini saja?”, ujar Ezra setelah menghentikan sepeda motornya.

OK, di sini saja. Saya ngopi dulu aja sebelum balik ke hotel, Zra”, aku meyakinkannya supaya dia bisa segera pulang. Lalu duduklah aku di sebuah beton pembatas taman, lalu memesan segelas kopi instan. Bagaimana rasanya, jika seorang penikmat kopi original, harus nongkrong dengan meminum kopi instan….Hahaha. tak apalah, yang penting aku bisa menikmati malam.

Kantor Telkomsel Semarang di daerah Mugassari.
Sebuah sisi Jalan Pahlawan.

Belum juga menghabiskan kopi dalam gelas dan sedang asyik-asyiknya menikmati aktivitas muda-mudi di depan Kantor Telkomsel Semarang, satu dua tetes air mulai jatuh dari langit. Pertanda bahwa kota akan segera tertumpah hujan.

Aku memandang sekitar untuk mencari tempat berteduh jika hujan benar-benar turun. Aku melihat di utara ada sebuah panggung yang beberapa orang tampak ramai berkumpul di dekatnya. Tanpa pikir panjang aku segera bergegas kesana.

Benar adanya, tetesan air langit telah naik tingkat menjadi gerimis lembut. Butuh waktu untuk memesan taksi online, sebelum basah kuyup lebih baik aku berteduh. Dengan cepat aku menaiki panggung itu untuk menyelamatkan diri dari hujan deras.

Ternyata panggung ini akan digunakan untuk menyambut Gubernur Jawa Tengah dalam acara Jalan Sehat dalam rangka memperingati HUT KORPRI ke-47. Akhirnya, hujan tertumpah sangat deras, walaupun berada di panggung beratap, tetap saja sebagian tubuhku basah karena air hujan itu disapu oleh angin kencang ke segala arah.

Genap 45 menit aku menunggu hujan tanpa bisa menunaikan niat awal untuk melakukan ekplorasi di sepanjang jalan protokol itu. Jalan utama di Semarang yang sangat terkenal dengan agenda Car Free Day kota itu. Aku hanya mendapatkan bonus menikmati pertunjukan warna pada sebuah air mancur di perempatan antara Jalan Pahlawan dan Jalan Imam Bardjo SH.

Panggung perayaan.
Bundaran di Jalan Pahlawan.
Air mancur di Jalan Pahlawan.
Air mancur di Jalan Pahlawan.

Menjelang tengah malam, Jalan Pahlawan sudah tak berdaya di hajar hujan. Segenap sisi menjadi sepi. Akhirnya aku memutuskan untuk segera balik ke hotel untuk merehatkan diri. Inilah malam terakhirku di Semarang sebelum besok sore kembali ke Jakarta. Tetapi aku masih ada waktu eksplorasi hingga tengah hari di esok hari.

Exploration Stuck in Pahlawan Street Fountain

After dinner at Ayam Pak Supar Semarang food stall, Ezra said goodbye to go home. He said, it took thirty minutes to reach his home. While, the night showed on 22:30 hours. Our conversation material had also ran out. He offered to take me back to Sleep & Sleep Capsule. Thinking troublesome, I subtly refuse it. Finally I just asked to be dropped off at a place where was still busy on his way to home, so I wouldn’t troublesome him.

I quickly took a ride on his blue manual motorcycle. A few moments later, the motorbike started to slow down and he lowered me on a side of sidewalk which was wide enough, full of young people who sitting together at several points, interspersed with roving coffee sellers along the sidewalk.

Here, Donny, the busiest place on my way to go home. Do you want to get off here? ”Ezra said after stopping his motorbike.

OK, just here. I’ll have a coffee first before going back to hotel, Ezra”, I assured him so he could go home. Then I sat on a concrete dividing, then ordered a glass of instant coffee. How does it feel, if you are an original coffee connoisseur, and then you have to hang out with drinking instant coffee… .Hahaha. Never mind, the important thing was I could enjoy the night.

Semarang Telkomsel office in Mugassari area.
A side of Pahlawan Street.

Having not finished yet drinking coffee in a glass and enjoying youth people activities in front of Semarang Telkomsel Office, one or two drops of water began to fall from the sky. A sign that the city would soon be pouring by rain.

I looked around for shelter in case it really rained. I saw in north, there was a stage where several people seemed to be crowded around it. Without thinking I immediately rushed there.

It was true, drops of sky water had risen to next level be a gentle drizzle. It took time to order a taxi online, before getting soaked, I better took shelter. I quickly climbed the stage to save myself from heavy rain.

It turned out that this stage would be used to welcome Governor of Central Java in a Healthy Walk event to commemorate the Anniversary of KORPRI (Indonesian Civil Servants Corps). Finally, rain poured down very hard, even though I was on roofed stage, still some parts of my body was wet because rainwater was swept away by strong winds in all directions.

Even 45 minutes I waited for the rain without being able to fulfill my initial intention to explore along this protocol road. The main street in Semarang which was very famous for routine Car Free Day agenda. I only got bonus for enjoying color show at a fountain at an intersection between Pahlawan Street and Imam Bardjo SH Street.

Celebration stage.
Roundabout at Pahlawan Street.
Fountain at Pahlawan Street.
Fountain at Pahlawan Street.

By midnight, Pahlawan Street was helpless in the rain. All sides were deserted. Finally I decided to immediately return to hotel for rest. This was my last night in Semarang before returning to Jakarta on tomorrow afternoon. But I still have time to explore Semarang until noon on next day.