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Apr 9, 2017 - Jungle trip

And we are back,nothing ate or hurt us -other than little falls-. I'm gonna write this story as it happened,so day 1-2-3 and today Day 1: Probably most horrible trip we've ever had. As you all know,we wanted to visit Kerinci mountain/volcano in Kersik Tuo. The bus picked us up in time which is very rare in these countries. It was a mini bus for 12 people. We got in and we thought we stop picking up some other people and go. We did stop..and they asked us to change bus. Off we went but we wanted our luggage. Turned out that the guy...

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Jun 21, 2012 - Sumatra - Days 2 - 4 - Lake Maninjau

Maninjau is one of Sumatra's most spectacularly peaceful crater lakes, our experience however entailed a lot of noise pollution from road traffic, late night cafe's booming out music, barking/fighting dogs and loud speakers from nearby mosques. The unforgettable final descent included 44 hair-pin turns that offer "stunning views over the shimmering sky-blue" lake (17kms long, 8kms wide) and the crater walls. Sadly, due to so much field burning the entire crater was filled with a smoke haze that shadowed the picturesque views. We can only...

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Jun 18, 2012 - Sumatra - Day 1 - Welcome to Sumatra

We touched down in Padang around 8:40am. We walked off the plane, onto the runway and made our way into the immigration center. The entire process of purchasing our entry visa into Indonesia and going through immigration took an entire 2 hours. Glad to finally be free, Jason arranged for a mini bus ride going directly to Bukittinggi, from there we boarded another mini bus bound for Lake Maninjau. Both buses we were seated at the back, sitting too high to even be able to see out the windows. The views of the passing towns and country side...

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Mar 18, 2012 - Padang

Well, I arrived in Padang yesterday 17/3/2012. I had a connecting flight in Jakarta, where Nova joined me for the Jakarta to Padang leg of the trip. Upon arrival in Padang we were met by Pak Al who was the driver that Nova had arranged for the next 3 days. We had lunch and then off to the hotel that she had booked me into for the next 3 nights. Nova went off to her mothers until 7pm when she collected me for dinner. We ate soto - a soup in a small warung (small street restaurant). The flights were pretty uneventful. Lucky for me I had a...

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Nov 15, 2009 - Sumatra Jungle Trek

A once thriving hive of tourism, famous for jungle trekking, the West Sumatra village of Bukitinggi has fallen all but dormant in recent years. Some argue the recent string of natural disasters have caused the drop while others attribute it to the worldwide economic crisis, but whatever the reason, the effect is the same. Previously crowded multi-day treks have resorted to personalized charters and the abundance of cultural tours have dwindled to only a few. Quantity no longer matters. Operators will not turn away business, even if it is...

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Oct 29, 2009 - Padang Earthquake - 2009

Most would say home is where the heart is. But for those living in natural disaster prone areas, like Indonesia's Ring of Fire, sometimes the heart is all that's left of a home. With my trip to Indonesia already booked, a visit to West Sumatra's largest city, Padang, was not on the initial itinerary. That was, until a 7.6 earthquake rumbled through, devastating not only Padang, but much of the Central West coast of Sumatra. Unsure of who to contact or what to expect, I decided to just go and see if I could help. After all, what good are we...

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Oct 27, 2009 - Jeweled Life of Jakarta to the Paddies of Padang

After introducing Linda and Lina in my previous blog, I would now like to describe, in detail, the all too common accommodation and lifestyle dichotomies existing here in Indonesia. From the jeweled life of Jakarta to the paddies of Padang, I arrived in my next "home". Situated alongside a rice paddy, I awake every morning to ducks splashing around in the field and roosters assuming their annoying daily duties. The nearby mosque's 5 a.m. prayer calls only complicate sleeping in, calling the twins to rise and pray. Not only once, but twice....

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Oct 26, 2009 - "Will you be our Uni?"

Striking gold on my first couch surfing attempt, I decided to try my luck again. This time on the island of Sumatra. Two, for the price of one, Linda and her twin sister Lina, entered my life. After only knowing each other three and half minutes, the twins posed a question. A question of such a caliber that it would change my life and theirs forever. "Will you be our Uni?" What is a Uni? Well, their first explanation went something like this; "An uni is an older sister." An older sister? No problem, I'll act like an older sister. It was...

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Sep 10, 2007 - West Sumatra

Travel Buddies: Me, myself and I and then Erol came to join me, Sofia (Sweden), Fernando (Columbia) A three day trek was my first stop off around the area of Bukkitinggi. A beautiful if not exhausting trek through rice paddies, over many a hill and amongst many a buffalo. The guide was not fantastic but the trek was well worth it. We stayed the first night with an old couple in a localvillage of around 30 people and they really made me welcome. The second night we stayed in a wooden stilt house up in the hills overlooking Danu Maninjau...

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