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Mar 8, 2005 - Sumatra

We arrive in Medan tired and with restless tummies after a 5 hour ferry trip from Penang. We caught a local bus into town then a taxi to take us to a hotel. Our first choice was completely full, riddled with journalists, the UN and Unicef members and plenty of military presence. Obviously Medan is headquarters for the organisations gathered to put the Aceh region back on its feet. The following day we hired a taxi to take us to Bukit Lawang with the intention to visit the orangutan centre. The journey was a grulling 3 hour ride on one of...

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Mar 6, 2005 - Getting to Banda Aceh

When I first saw the tsunami footage on TV, I knew I was going to be there soon to research some large chunks of Indonesia for Lonely Planet. Now 'there' has become 'here'. I landed in Banda Aceh a few days ago, two months after the disaster. Nothing quite prepares you for it. The extent of what happened here unfolded slowly for me. Because my plane from Medan touched down on a cloudy morning, I saw none of the devastation from the window as we landed. The airport was full of helicopters, but it looked fine, being far from the coastal...

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Feb 23, 2005 - Aceh, Indonesia - Part 2

(Continued from Part 1) In the morning, I went with Ade to the elementary school in Samatiga. The school has a mixture of refugees and orphans, but many of the children were not affected by the tsunami. Here I taught a class of 11 and 12 year olds. Again, it was such a nice change to teach kids who want so badly to learn. Teaching the kids in Korea can be like pulling teeth sometimes, but in Samatiga, every child in the class had their eyes glued to me and a grin spread from cheek to cheek. We sang songs and learned letters, numbers and...

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