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Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | Views [310]

Day 15.  Medan .  Had a pretty lazy day inside shopping centres in the cool today.  We went to Sun Plaza & Palladium Plaza & the cinema and saw Teenage Ninja Turtles 4.  It was….as you would expect it to be. ... Read more >

Tags: bule, medan, paparazzi, plaza, sumatra


Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | Views [334]

Day 14.  MEDAN .  Ate a spicy rice breakfast at our hotel, Hotel Ibunda because that’s just what you do here in Indonesia.  We had a short walk to a nearby plaza, treading very carefully on the footpaths.  There was one ‘... Read more >

Tags: advertising, airport, bule, cigarettes, footpath, indo mie, kuala namu, medan, sumatra, tv


Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | Views [490]

Day 13.  Today was a total wipe out.  Got up at 5:30am for our trip to Gunung Sibayak (Sibayak Volcano). According to google, Mt.  Sibayak  is a small  stratovolcano  overlooking  Berastagi  in  northern ... Read more >

Tags: bali belly

Photos: Bukit Lawang. Sumatra. Indonesia.

Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | Photo Gallery

Bukit Lawang.
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Photos: Tangkahan. Sumatra. Indonesia.

Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | Photo Gallery

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Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | Views [357] | Comments [1]

Day 12.  I wrote a haiku: Sitting in the car And watching the world go by Contemplating life.   Through the hotel we arranged transport from Danau Toba to Berastagi.  135,000 Rupiah each ($13.50).  We shared the ... Read more >

Tags: berastagi, brastagi, king, longhouse, robyn williams, sipiso-piso, waterfall


Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | Views [254]

Day 11.  A very laid back day.  We three separated for the day.  Dave had Bali belly and stayed in the room all day reading An Idiot Abroad and running back & forth to the toilet.  Dan hired a motorbike and drove all ... Read more >

Tags: an idiot abroad, bali belly, bedspread, danau toba, lake toba, motorbike, shopping, toilet paper


Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 | Views [329]

Day 10.  Lake Toba. I had lots of lovely birthday messages today via internet including one from Nic J:  “Happy birthday International Woman of Mystery.”  The lake view from our bed is beautiful.  We can see the ... Read more >

Tags: birthday, danau toba, lake toba, room service, super moon


Saturday, 9 Aug 2014 | Views [317]

Day 9.  Bukit Lawang to Danau Toba   This morning Retno picked us up at 6:30 am for the drive from Bukit Lawang to Danau Toba.  From the car, this is what I saw: An albino school boy coming out of the school yard with friends.... Read more >

Tags: batak, batak dancing, chilli, danau toba, lake toba, on the road, parapat


Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | Views [345]

Day 8.  Had a solid sleep in our king size poster bed of amazingness.   I woke to find that Dave had descended & re-ascended our 55 steep stairs to bring us morning cuppas.   We drank them while listening to the call of ... Read more >

Tags: bukit lawang, fruit, honeymoon suite, indonesia, jungle inn, macaque, monkey, orphanage, sumatra, turtle


Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | Views [353] | Comments [2]

Today we are leaving Tangkahan & heading to Bukit Lawang. The total of our bill for 3 of us, for 6 nights in 2 rooms, plus all meals & all drinks was three million, nine hundred thousand rupiah or $390 Australian Dollars.  We said ... Read more >

Tags: atm, blackout, bohorok, bukit lawang, dry season, grotto, honeymoon suite, jungle inn, sumatra, waterfall room


Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | Views [502] | Comments [2]

In the morning, everyone made cairns out of the rocks on the river’s edge.  The Indonesian guys used large heavy rocks so a cairn over 6 feet tall only had 5 or 6 rocks.  We all drank Indonesian premixed cappuccinos to wake us up and ... Read more >

Tags: bats, butterfly, cairn, cairns, cave, headlamp, jungle, river, sonar, trekking


Tuesday, 5 Aug 2014 | Views [524]

Trekking uphill is tough but I always think going downhill is harder.  After slipping & sliding a bit & getting rather muddy somewhere deep in the jungle, we saw elephant footprints in the mud, partly filled with rainwater.  That’... Read more >

Tags: camp, elephant, fire, jungle, trekking


Tuesday, 5 Aug 2014 | Views [518]

I woke to find that my chubby legs & feet were back to normal.  Phew! In the restaurant, waiting for breakfast to be cooked, we saw a big, beautiful bee with green & black stripes & heard an insect that made an ambulance siren sound.... Read more >

Tags: jungle trek, orangutan, tangkahan, trek


Monday, 4 Aug 2014 | Views [586]

This morning, a pile of half-chewed wood was on our bathroom floor.  When I closed the door, it was evident that the bottom corner of the door was missing.  Dave said he heard something chewing & munching in the night.  Maybe it was ... Read more >

Photos: animal

Monday, 4 Aug 2014 | Photo Gallery

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Sunday, 3 Aug 2014 | Views [338] | Comments [1]

The torch I sat on the bed head last night is now there for good as it is attached by an elaborate spider web. The spiders can keep it.  I don’t want it back now! Thank goodness there was a mosquito net between our heads & the arachnids ... Read more >

Gorgeous Gorge

Saturday, 2 Aug 2014 | Views [285]

We woke to monkey sounds & those musical cicadas again this morning.  From our balcony we watched Thomas Leaf Monkeys taking giant downwards leaps through trees.  It was hot, about 27 degrees, so we walked through the shallow river to our ... Read more >

Tags: gorge, tangkahan

Car Trouble

Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | Views [482]

We landed at Kuala Namu airport in Medan, Sumatra.  Kanu & Retno from the Jungle Lodge in Tangkahan were waiting for us with a handwritten sign: David . We had booked our first three nights in Indonesia & a driver to get there. ... Read more >

Tags: bridge, car, indiana jones, traffic

Malaysian Airlines

Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | Views [461]

Malaysian Airlines were great.  However we had been a bit nervous with the bad luck that had struck the carrier – the disappearance of flight MH370 & the shooting down of MH17 over Ukraine.  It was particularly personal for me as ... Read more >

Everything But The Kitchen Sink

Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | Views [335]

Day 1  As soon as a holiday begins for me, my body goes into relaxed-mode – except for my eyes.  They go on high alert.  We saw a couple at Melbourne Airport with a double kitchen sink on their luggage trolley.  We laughed ... Read more >

Tags: airport, coincidence, electronic smoking, kitchen sink, synchronicity, waterslide

Heading back to Sumatra

Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 | Views [366] | Comments [4]

In four more sleeps, Dave and I are returning to Sumatra.  We are taking my brother Dan for his fortieth birthday.  We are so excited and have packed and repacked.  I'm taking minimal clothing, so be prepared for lots of photos with us ... Read more >

Photos: Gili Islands

Saturday, 10 Aug 2013 | Photo Gallery

My birthday!
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Photos: Bali

Monday, 29 Jul 2013 | Photo Gallery

Dave. Monkey Forest, Ubud.
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Tags: indonesia, monkey forest, ubud

Photos: Lombok

Saturday, 13 Jul 2013 | Photo Gallery

Lombok, Indonesia
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Homeless Kids

Sunday, 1 Aug 2010 | Views [1092] | Comments [5]

At 8:30 this morning we saw 10 young homeless kids asleep on the footpath in the city of Medan.  We bought chicken satay for all of them & water & milk drinks & some other food.  When we came to give it to them, they were all just waking ... Read more >

Tags: drink, food, homeless, homeless children, indonesia, medan, sumatra

Menu Items

Wednesday, 28 Jul 2010 | Views [620] | Comments [2]

"I'm so hungry i could eat a baked chicken, wrapped in a pizza" - Dave. We went to a restaurant recommended by Lonely Planet & bit on a stone for our efforts.  On the menu cover it had a smiley face & a sad face.  (Not good marketing!) ... Read more >

Tags: asian food, avocado shake, beer, engrish, indonesian food, menu, stone

Rat Room

Wednesday, 28 Jul 2010 | Views [684] | Comments [1]

"A journey is like marriage.  The certain way to be wrong is to think that you can control it" - John Steinbeck Dave didn't get a wink of sleep last night coz of the rat in our room.  Our walls are woven split bamboo & we have Marie biscuits, ... Read more >

Tags: bukit lawang, indonesia, rat, rats, rodent, sumatra

Land of Sugar

Wednesday, 28 Jul 2010 | Views [602]

"One's destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things" - Henry Miller Indonesian's love everything sweet & the new way of seeing things is sugar coated.  The bread is full of sugar.  The milk is sweetened condensed milk.  ... Read more >

Tags: asian food, bread, coffee, food, indonesian food, milk, sugar, sweet, tea

I'm never riding a motorbike EVER AGAIN

Wednesday, 28 Jul 2010 | Views [1976] | Comments [5]

(and with my motorcycle history, i probably shouldn't.  ahem).  "The journey not the arrival matters" - T.S. Eliot.  Roads in Sumatra are notoriously horrendous & travel is so slow, so for our journey from Tangkahan to Bukit Lawang, ... Read more >

Tags: bad roads, bukit lawang, honda, indonesia, motorbike, motorcycle, road, roads, sumatra, tangkahan

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