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  • Day70

    Istanbul, Turkey

    February 19, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ 🌧 26 °C

    Once more layover at İstanbul Havalimanı, the new main international airport serving Istanbul. This time we had more time to have a look at it. It is located in the Arnavutköy district on the European side of the city. It was opened in 2019 and once all phases are completed in 2025, the airport will be able to accommodate 200 million passengers a year which would have made it the biggest in the world at the time of planning. The airport currently has one terminal in service for domestic and international flights and four runways that are currently in operation. Once fully completed, the airport will have six sets of runways (eight in total), 16 taxiways, and four terminal buildings. There were huge protests against the construction, several hundert workers died during the construction and according to the Environmental Impact Assessment report published in April 2013, there were a total of 2.513.341 trees in the area and 657.950 of them would need to be cut indispensably, while 1.855.391 trees would be moved to new places. Make up your own mind...Read more

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  • Day69

    Bali, Indonesia

    February 18, 2020 in Indonesia ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

    Yesterday we arrived in Denpasar, Bali - our last stop before we hop over to Europe again. I always avoid to stay in Bali but as a connection point it’s practical. So we arrived yesterday, did the online check-in for the flight over Istanbul to Hamburg and today we went out for a Bali tourist day 🤪. You can imagine that nor the temples are comparable to Angkor Wat nor the beaches to Tambarat. But for tourist chilling in the beach club it’s perfect 😉.Read more

  • Day68

    Jakarta, Indonesia

    February 17, 2020 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Jakarta - this is quite a huge city... I'm happy that I don't have to stay here over night. Yesterday we were rebooked and now we have not only two, but four hours stay in Jakarta. Well, since we started early it’s not a problem and we will arrive in Bali at eight o’clock. So today is a boring airport day and since I‘m not into shopping 🛍 it is aaaaaaa *drumm-roll* AUDIOBOOK 🎶 day ❤️. I downloaded three new ones yesterday 🥰.
    Btw for you as information: we flew Batik Air and I have to admit that this was the worst food I ever had in an airplane. Until now I’m still amazed by the food on Turkish Airlines flights.
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  • Day68

    Kuala Namu, Sumatra, Indonesia

    February 17, 2020 in Indonesia ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

    I am no longer used to getting up at half past seven in the morning with the alarm clock ⏰... today we're going to make stage two, so we went to Kuala Namu airport in Medan. The dew glittered on the rice fields this morning as we set out. Rama fixed us some rice and eggs 🍳 for breakfast and drove us to the airport ✈️. The airport was almost empty, what a strange feeling at an Asia airport... empty... no long lines and no hordes of people who are shouted at by their cell phones - usage of headphones seems pretty uncool here. I felt like on another planet 🪐 - everything empty and quiet - I think Covid-19 makes this possible.Read more

  • Day67

    Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia

    February 16, 2020 in Indonesia ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

    Today our long travel home began. It will take us three stages, so today stage one... After waking up, going swimming for the last time in Lake Toba and having a wonderful breakfast, we took the boat 🛳 to Parapat at 12:30 and arrived there round about an hour later. We took the shared bus to the bus station 🚌 and caught the bus to Medan at 14:00. The wonderful kitchen at Romlan prepared some take away nasi goreng for us, which we enjoyed in the bus. At 17:30 we arrived in Medan at Amplas bus station and ordered a gojek cab. Finally at 18:15 we arrived at Bua guesthouse... So the first stage went pretty smooth and tomorrow we’re up for the next stage 🤪, wish us luck...Read more

  • Day66

    Sadness, Lake Toba, Indonesia

    February 15, 2020 in Indonesia ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    I‘m a bit sad to loose this view from my balcony... It’s our last evening at Lake Toba, tomorrow morning we‘re leaving direction Medan, stay there over night and fly ✈️ over Jakarta to Bali the next day. There we‘ll also stay only one night and fly ✈️ over Istanbul to Hamburg.
    Although I‘m missing my friends & colleges, my son, my plants 🌱 and my apartment, I definitely will miss this wonderful clear lake, the swimming, the climate and the friendly Indonesian people 😕. To celebrate our departure we had Batak Toba Fish 🐟 BBQ this evening, it made a bit easier...
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  • Day66

    Drinking water, Sumatra, Indonesia

    February 15, 2020 in Indonesia ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

    Fortunately most of the people living here use the big bottles of water 💧. Imagine the amount of they if they wouldn’t... I always asked myself how they clean and refill theses bottles. Now I know...

  • Day66

    Batak values, Lake Toba, Indonesia

    February 15, 2020 in Indonesia ⋅ 🌧 24 °C

    This is a graffiti in Tuktuk. In Batak culture, the qualities of a king are written down in 8 traditional Toba Batak values. They point out what is expected by the community from their king. The graffiti shows rule no.8: «Sihorus na lobi, sigohi na longa; sipatuat na butong, sipanangkok na male»
    That means: Speak smart and wise.

    Here all 8:
    1. «Parbahul-bahul na bolon» that is, not easily angry or emotional, and hurt.
    2. «Partalaga so ra mahiang, paramak so ra balunon, parsangkalan so mahiang, partataring so ra mintop» that is, like to help others both materially and morally, advice at any time, in public interest.
    3. «Talu in huta, monang in balian» that is, succumbing to the common good.
    4. «Jinama Rungkung Jinama Pargolangan, tuk dohonon ni munsung ndang tuk jamaon ni hand» that is, does not promise something that is impossible to fulfill; or don't talk a lot without doing anything.
    5. «Tobu tolong na so marlaok bota, na so lupa di uhum na so lolos di tona» that is, act based on the rules and legal provisions and listen to the advice of others.
    6. «Elek tu na poso, hombar tu natua-tua» that is, close and attentive and incorporate the opinion of all parties.
    7. «Mangido is very grimy, mangido gogo tu babiat» that is, asking for advice from people who are right and not because of close friendship.
    8. «Sihorus na lobby, sigohi na longa; sipatuat na butong, sipanangkok na male» that is to speak smart and wise.
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  • Day63

    Pakpahan, Sumatra, Indonesia

    February 12, 2020 in Indonesia ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    After we crossed Samosir island today, we still had some daylight left over. So we decided to drive along the Samosir shore to Pakpahan.
    It is a stunning route - one serpentine after the other and the road is newly paved. First you drive up from the shore to the mountain crest ⛰ and then along the crest. So when you go east, you have the lake on your left side and the rice terraces on your right. From time to time you pass small villages and farms. There are some restaurants and coffees along the road, some of them are build at nice view points. So you can enjoy a drink while gazing into this huge crater lake.
    As usual here, everybody greets you, when you drive by - so you never feel separated.
    If you ever come to Sumatra you definitely have to visit Samosir in Lake Toba and if you do, I strongly recommend to rent a motorbike and drive along this crest direction east - I am not sentimental but I literally cried for sheer beauty.
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