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INDONESIA | Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | Views [576]

Departure day.  Time to head home to Melbourne.  At Medan airport, the neon sign said Boarding Gate Opens at 3:15 .  We were with staff at that time & had to fill out a departure card.  Dave couldn’t find his (we received ... Read more >

Tags: airport, indonesia, medan, sumatra


INDONESIA | Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | Views [600]

Day 27.   We are in room 632 on the 6 th floor of the Danau Toba International Hotel .  Our huge window opens wide.  It has no fly screen or security screen.  The wall ends at thigh height & that is where the window ... Read more >

Tags: food, indonesia, medan, shopping, sumatra

Photos: Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia

INDONESIA | Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | Photo Gallery

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Tags: banda aceh, indonesia, sumatra, tsunami


INDONESIA | Saturday, 16 Aug 2014 | Views [417]

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart” – Confucius.   Day 16.  Travel day from Medan to Banda Aceh to Pulau Weh (Sabang).   We saw Danny Trujo & Morgan Freeman’s Indonesian doubles at the ... Read more >

Tags: banda aceh, iboih, pulau weh, sabang, sumatra, tsunami


INDONESIA | Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | Views [428]

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


INDONESIA | Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | Views [440]

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


INDONESIA | Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | Views [440]

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


INDONESIA | Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | Views [448] | 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

Homeless Kids

INDONESIA | Sunday, 1 Aug 2010 | Views [1202] | 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

Rat Room

INDONESIA | Wednesday, 28 Jul 2010 | Views [795] | 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

I'm never riding a motorbike EVER AGAIN

INDONESIA | Wednesday, 28 Jul 2010 | Views [2143] | 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

Crusty Demons of dirt. Story by Dave

INDONESIA | Wednesday, 28 Jul 2010 | Views [1839]

Imagine 2 hours sitting on the most uncomfy seat you've ever sat on.  Next, make that seat even narrower & on the back of a motorbike. Then picture the worst road you've ever been down which included such highlights as: *long sections of river stones ... Read more >

Tags: bad roads, boar, bridge, bridges, indonesia, motorbike, road, roads, sepeda motor, sumatra

Our 2nd Elephant Trek

INDONESIA | Saturday, 24 Jul 2010 | Views [1482] | Comments [3]

Yesterday we did our 2nd elephant trek. Our mahoot pointed to the ground where there had been a tiger's footprint in the mud 'several days ago'. (Dave is now on a computer beside me looking up tigers attacking elephants on utube hmmm...) This print is ... Read more >

Tags: elephant, elephant trek, elephants, horsefly, indonesia, mahoot, sumatra, tangkahan

Dave's 39th Birthday

INDONESIA | Friday, 23 Jul 2010 | Views [965] | Comments [9]

Dave had the best birthday ever.  He may not be able to top it.  (What the hell am I going to do for his 40th?  Suggestions most welcome!) I have to be quick so here goes... Dave had 5 birthday songs altogether - in English, Indonesian & Dutch! ... Read more >

Tags: augustine, birthday, dave, elephant, elephant trek, elephants, indonesia, sumatra, tangkahan, trek

I'm Glad I Brought ______ With Me Because...

INDONESIA | Friday, 23 Jul 2010 | Views [987] | Comments [5]

MY SMILE because everyone want to take photos of us ("Hello Mister.  Can i make picture?") HEADLAMP coz in our jungle guesthouse there is only electricity from 8pm-11pm. TORCH to stop insects the size of birds slamming in into our faces coz ... Read more >

Tags: backpack, belongings, bring, indonesia, packing, sumatra, tangkahan

When Primates Go Bad

INDONESIA | Friday, 23 Jul 2010 | Views [911] | Comments [2]

Thanks everyone for your comments!  Not enough time to respond till i get home :) While I escaped lightly, only being peed on by an orangutan who was in the tree above me, Dave was attacked by a Pig Tailed Macaque.  Hereby known as the Macaque Attack.... Read more >

Tags: bukit lawang, indonesia, long tailed macaque, macaque, monkey, pig tailed macaque, sumatra

Jungle Trek

INDONESIA | Sunday, 18 Jul 2010 | Views [2127] | Comments [3]

We had a day in Bukit Lawang looking around before we signed up for a 2day jungle trek.  We paid $4 each to go to the feeding platform where rehabilitated orangutans can go for supplementary feeding if they need it.  We travelled by canoe across the ... Read more >

Tags: bohorok river, bukit lawang, hike, jungle, jungle trek, orangutan, rafting, sumatra, trek, white water rafting

Bukit Lawang

INDONESIA | Sunday, 18 Jul 2010 | Views [1063] | Comments [2]

We were shown to our 2 storey bamboo hut in Bukit Lawang, threw our backpacks on the floor & stood on the balcony looking across the river to the jungle.  Within seconds Dave spotted swaying trees & suddenly an orange arm appeared.  An orangutan ... Read more >

Tags: bukit lawang, indonesia, long tailed macaque, macaque, orangutan, sumatra

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