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Jul 10, 2012 - Sumatra- Day 23 - Berastagi

We took the early ferry at 7:45am back to Parapat, where we purchased two tickets on a mini van headed to Berastagi. We left just before 9am and arrived in Berastagi just after 12:30pm, ride coming to an end 3.5 hours after departure. The entire ride consisted of turning, twisting roads and at many points coming to a stand still, in congested traffic. Our driver seemed to be on a mission and drove like a 'bat out of hell', aggressively weaving his way through traffic, as a result having to avoid several head-on collisions. - all this while...

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Jul 14, 2010 - Berastagi

all you can do in berastagi is climbing two volcanos...usually you get rewarded with an awesome view at the top...not if it is cloudy though :-D ahh, and while the rest of indonesia is sweaty warm, this part is very cold and most of the hostels only have cold water out of a bucket...so really not a place i would enjoy very much!!!

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Apr 29, 2010 - Berastagi

I didn't initially plan to visit Berastagi but after 3 tedious hours of getting dropped off at various (alleged) bus stops in the traffic gnarled streets of Medan I gave up. I reached the conclusion that either there was no bus stop to Tangkahan, which is where I wanted to go, or that not one person knew where it was but would pretend they did anyway. Either way I wasn't going to get there. So I decided on Berastagi. I spent the entire 2 hour journey here wedged on the back seat of the ludicrously hot and cramped mini bus. And to make...

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Dec 21, 2007 - Berastagi and on to Lake Toba

While waiting for the ferry to Medan we saw a woman in a burka - the head-to-foot black dress that covers everything except the eyes. There were several women dressed like that, but as they walked you sometimes got a glimpes of fashionable shoes peeking out from underneath. The odd thing was that some of them were walking to the ferry next to guys who were dressed casual Western attire - shorts, t-shirts, sneakers. We were travelling on Eid-al-Fitr, the celebration of the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, so many families were...

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Apr 10, 2006 - Berastagi - Volcanoes and Iodine

Berastagi is the place many people from the big city of Medan travel to for a relaxing weekend. Unfortunately for Helen and Danny they all arrived for some form of religous holiday or other which meant the place they walked 5km to was fully booked. While it was plesant enough to stretch their legs it would surely have been better to shrink them, as this was after yet another 7 hour bus journey crammed into the mini bus designed for anyone under the size of 4 feet tall or under. Having dined well on his own knees Danny suggesed they walked...

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Mar 30, 2005 - Kabanjahe

Hallo alle lieve lezers van onze site, eerst willen we even zeggen dat we niets van de aardbeving hebben gemerkt.We zaten hoog in de lucht te genieten en lazen over alle ellende in het vliegtuig naar Medan.Niets gebeurd in Kabanjahe! We genieten zo van alles. Sorry voor het rare bericht uit Singapore, maar de muis gaf problemen en stopte met alles. Wat is het leuk om hier jullie reacties te lezen. Zo ver weg en zo dichtbij. Medan was vies en heet maar hartverwarmend. Lieve mensen stonden op ons te wachten. De eerste nacht sliepen we in een...

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Mar 12, 2005 - Lake Toba

Lake Toba is actually the caldera of a huge volcano that collapsed on itself over 100,000 years ago. The island, in the middle of the lake is Samosir, formed after an eruption between 30 to 75,000 years ago. Parapat is a scruffy resort town where we caught a 40min ferry ride to the quiet island of Samosir for a few days of relax. We arrive early afternoon, captivated by the area's beauty, clear blue waters, cloud tipped mountains, a place like this in Europe would be unaffordable and totally overdeveloped. We planned only a few days and...

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