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Jul 7, 2012 - North Sumatra

A flying visit to Medan North Sumatra, we caught a bus on Saturday for Medan from Bukittinggi. The bus would arrive in Medan at about 1030 on Sunday. Tisna’s uncle met us at the bus station, to help with the extra parcels of food that her mother had sent to the Medan family. Of course we would have as many parcels on the return trip for Trisna’s parents. I liked what I saw of Medan although it was old and decrepit looking, there appeared to be a more relaxed atmosphere as it is not staunchly Muslim with a good mix of Christians living...

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Jan 31, 2011 - Bukit Lewang to Medan

It is so easy to slip into the lazy lifestyle here. We spent our final day lounging in hammocks and listening to the wildlife. We said goodbye to all our friends and set off for our trip to Medan as we fly out early in the morning. It was a shock coming back to the city. We're definately more inclined to country life. Medan is a major indonesian metropolis and it's polluted, dirty and poor. It took us a good couple of hours to get through the traffic and smog. Udin came back in the car with us and made sure we got accomodation OK near the...

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May 1, 2010 - Medan

I had a flight from Medan so I had to stay the night here. I had already passed through here a couple of times on my way to Bukit Lawang and Berastagi so I knew what to expect. There was a pretty impressive mosque but other than that the place was just a huge headache of traffic, pollution and beeping horns. Therefore, i'm ashamed to say that I spent most of my time here in the sanctity of a huge air conditioned western style shopping mall. I have never been stared at as much in my entire life. It was funny seeing peoples reaction when they...

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Dec 2, 2009 - Medan

“I give you an idea: I could drive you around Medan tomorrow to see all the sights”. We’re entering the outskirts of Medan, with 2 million inhabitants the sprawling and rather unappealing 3rd city of Indonesia. Time for the driver of the private car, the same that brought me to Bukit Lawang three days ago, to makes his pitch. On the way we have talked about the religious composition of the population in Aceh, North Sumatra, and Medan itself and what that means. When we passed the extensive Lonsum (London Sumatra Indonesia Ltd) palm olive...

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Jan 18, 2009 - Bukit Lawang

Bukit Lawang is located in the Northern part of Sumatra. It is one of two places that Orangutans still live in the wild. They are highly endangered. Places like these make me love traveling. The experiences are worth enduring the constant waiting, and the less than clean accommodations. Jan 15th, I had a goodbye dinner with the friends I had made in Jogja and headed to bed early as I had a busy day of travel ahead. I had a 6am flight from Jogja to Jakarta and then a connecting flight to Medan where I had to catch a bus to Bukit Lawang. I...

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Jan 2, 2008 - On to Banda Aceh

We left Bukit at about 10 a.m., walking down the dusty path by the river in the sun, past the guesthouses being rebuilt and redecorated with intricate designs of small river stones. We passed the men saying "Come again," and "Have a good trip," and passed the children in shorts and t-shirts shouting "Hello!" and "Hello mister!" It was humid and we were both drenched; we walked down the hot concrete path through the bamboo frame curio shops, which overlooked the bamboo-frame, thatch-roofed sitting huts on the riverbed, which had a few people...

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Sep 20, 2007 - North Sumatra

Travel Buddies: Wonderful Erol, Sofia (Sweden), Fernando (Columbia) Headed up to North Sumatra, Medan and then on a three hour bus trip on the worst roads I have yet seen to Bukit Lawang which is where one of the four Orangutang rehabilitation sanctuaries in the world is. Had a great time seeing them in the wild and I came away with a permanant memory - a scar on my leg from being bitten by one called Sasa!! Fernando made us laugh with geek stories galore, Abul (the big male orangutang) with his chatting up of the ladies in the treetops and...

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Apr 12, 2006 - Medan

Despite a planned trip to Lake Toba in Sumatra - Danny and Helen sucumbed to the call of civilisation and negotiated to pay a man in the street $20 to drive them back, the 90km, to Medan rather than bear another 7 hours on the bus. This was topped off with a $30 a night hotel and trips to the night market. At the night market, for the first time he could remember Danny ordered from a menu where he understood not a single word and luckily found the next day he had not ordered dog, although he had eaten some rather tasty parts of a ox he had...

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Apr 7, 2006 - Sumatra - Medan

Arriving in any transport hub seems to be difficult, while there is particular difficulty with arriving by Train, the problems are less arriving by plane but signficantly multiplied when arriving by Boat or Bus. The issue is not the arrival itself or even the collection of luggage which is normally at least as efficient as arriving in any western transport hub. The issue is the number of people who want to offer you: "transport mister, yes" or "Carry bags mister, what your name" or "You want drink mister, no problem" or "Hotel mister, where...

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Nov 19, 2005 - Leaving Samosir and heading back to Medan

Not a pleasant thought having to leave this wonderful place, a home for the past week but as the plane is booked to Singapore in the morning it is another 4 hour bus journey of experience to endure before we arrive in Medan. The drivers seem to have little regard for oncoming traffic as they weave themselves in and out on the otherside of the road puting motorcyclists in danger of being run off the road, but miraculously there appears to be little loss of life on the highway. Having reached Medan late afternoon the traffic seemed just as...

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Nov 13, 2005 - Sumatra Arrival

Having now arrived in Sumatra after the delay in Pinang the ferry wasn't all plain sailing though as we had to return to port after half hour at sea back to Customs as a Malay had to report to customs so we had to leave him on shore and start our journey again. Arrived in Medan, Sumatra and the visa entry all went very smoothly, handed over our $25 each and were treated like diplomats being rushed through the queues only to discover our packs were on the dockside not taken to the rotating luggage belt as in an airport. Had to take a 45mins...

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Mar 29, 2005 - Vliegreis naar Singapore

Lieve allemaal, na een geweldige vlucht naar Singapore zit ik hier op het vliegveld te mailen naar jullie allemaal. Het vliegen was onvergetelijk. Geen problemen en zeer ontspannend. Het is hier al 27o en het is nog maar voor 7 uur. Singapore Airlines is om weer te doen, zo veel service. We zijn dwars over zoveel landen gevlogen en alles kan je volgen op een tv scherm. Het vliegtuig vliegt steeds vooruit met een rode lijn naar de plaats van bestemming. Marianne heeft een middagdutje gedaan en we lijken nu redelijk fit. Om 08.40 vertrekt de...

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