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    • Day60

      Indonesia reflections

      February 21, 2020 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      On my penultimate day in Indonesia and whilst lying on a sun lounger by the largest volcanic lake in the world I thought I’d wrote down some reflections on my time in Indonesia. Nothing too deep just some snippets of what I’ve learnt, observed and experienced. Mainly because as I’m now in my 30s my memory is terrible and I’ll probably forget all of this is a month:

      - Indonesians are so friendly! Especially once you get off Bali it too a whole to adjust to the fact that most people just want to chat and be friendly with you, and aren’t trying to get money off you. The number of people I have had just help me out with directions, translation, advice is too many to count. Lots just want to practice their English too, which on the whole is very good across the country.

      - They are also very happy you have visited their country. I got the feeling on a lot of the islands that they don’t quite understand the western obsession with Bali and want more people to see other parts of Indonesia- which I agree is very worth it!

      - There is seemingly little organisation to anything, but yet everything works! Similar to a lot of south east Asia really, but they can sort anything out with a few quick phone calls.

      - It is still a pretty male dominated society; they remain surprised at a solo female traveller and on some cases feel more comfortable addressing men when we’ve been on mixed groups. The women very much are responsible for the domestic life but I have seen signs of that changing such as the lovely student who showed me round the water palace in Yogyakarta

      - Religion is pretty prevalent here- outside of Bali it is largely Muslim and I will not miss the 4.30am call to prayer. In lots of places (flores, Sumatra) there are multiple religions all living alongside each other and it appears a very tolerant society. whilst lots of the women wear headscarves, they are often brightly coloured which seems a lot of friendly in a way!

      - It’s been interesting talking to Indonesians about travel, often when they ask where I am from we have a conversation about London and the UK (largely about football!) and I will sometimes ask if they have been. Occasionally they have travelled, I’ve met some who have studied in the US or Europe but most likely is that they haven’t. It’s just too expensive for them- if you think about how cheap it is for us then in reverse it would be so expensive just to eat in the UK never mind the flight etc. I feel a sense of sadness/unfairness from some, why do Europeans get to travel so easily and so often when it is simply out of reach for them to even travel in Asia!?

      - It’s huge! This is the longest I have spent (I think) in one country in one go outside of the UK (and I suppose Germany when I was born..) but you could honestly spend another few months exploring all the other islands and regions! On the list is Sulawesi, Raja Ampat, Borneo and Maluku. It’s a vast country with so many islands and so many nuances between each region.

      - There are volcanoes everywhere. They just pop up everywhere you go. Some loo me like picture perfect volcanos, others are a bit more rough and ready but they are everywhere!

      overall it has been amazing, I’m sad to leave but also looking forward to being in more of an international city like KL and then back to beach, diving and hanging with Fran, Holly and George in Thailand!

      I have too many pictures to pick 6 highlights but
      I’ve tried!!
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      Indonesia definitely on our list now!



    • Day26

      Von Bukit Lawang zum Toba See

      May 27 in Indonesia ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

      9.00 begann unsere Fahrt in Richtung Toba See dem größten Kratersee der Welt. Vorbei am Sinabung, dem aktivsten Vulkans Sumatras dessen Eruptionen im Jahr 2010 begannen und der auch noch 10 Jahre später sporadisch aktiv war. Die vom Ausbruch zerstörten Dörfer konnte man ebenfalls sehen.
      Nach 7 1/2 h Fahrt erreichten wir die Fähre, 40 min später und weiteren 30 min Fahrt kamen wir in unserem Hotel Toba Cottages an. Eine wirkliche tolle Hotelanlage.
      Der Tobasee ist ein 87 km langer und 27 km breiter Vulkansee. Mit einer Gesamtfläche von 1776,5 km², einschließlich der 647 km² großen Halbinsel Samosir, ist er der größte See in Indonesien und der größte Kratersee der Erde. 
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    • Day27

      Kultur, Mythen und Relaxen

      May 28 in Indonesia ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

      Auf unserer Inselrundfahrt lernten wir heute einiges über die traditionelle Kultur der Batak, besuchten die
      Königsgräber der Sidabutar- Dynastie, einen lokalen Markt und hatten einen fantastischen Blick über den Tabo See
      Den Rest des Tages verbrachten wir ganz entspannt am Pool.
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    • Day45

      Sony guesthouse, Sumatra, Indonesia

      January 25, 2020 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      This guesthouse is wonderful and weird at the same time. Here the weird part: It was built in the 90th and it seems like no renovation of the building happened since then. Here in Sumatra with this high humidity and rain during all year you can imagine what happens to a building not taken care of. This fact and that we were the only guests in this guesthouse until yesterday (when a Dutch couple arrived) makes it weird and a bit apocalyptic. The wonderful part is the location on Samosir, since it is outside the village Tuk Tuk which makes it incredibly calm and peaceful. Nevertheless you have 3 families around which offer food, it’s called restaurant but you more or less eat in the living room of the family. The guesthouse itself has a wonderful garden of which a gardener takes good care. It’s located at the shore of lake Toba 400m away from the next guesthouse at the shore. This gives you the feeling that’s *your* lake. In addition the small ferry drops you at you personal boat launch. It not only feels like *your* lake, it also feels like your *own estate*, since there is nobody around except you. I hope the Dutch couple either stay in their room, or leave soon 🤪.Read more

    • Day47

      Tuk Tuk, Sumatra, Indonesia

      January 27, 2020 in Indonesia ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

      Today we switched the hotel and now live in a Batak house ❤️, again with garden 🌺 and lake 🌊 view... I won’t tell you the price since it is embarrassingly cheap. I travelled a lot since I was 16 but this place here is one of the nicest I found so far (except of Anini beach and Polihale state park in Kauai, Hawaii). So we’re going to stay until Saturday and then move on - the plan is to find some really lonely islands 🏝. And now I’m going to jump into the lake... 🏊🏼‍♀️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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    • Day59

      Berestagi -> Lake Toba (Tuk Tuk)

      February 20, 2020 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Time to leave Berestagi as my time in Indonesia is running out. Had a chilled morning at the homestay and enjoyed the roof terrace (bit cloudy so the views not as nice but still pleasant) and for picked up in the shared taxi at 12.15. Good for me is that I was actually the only person as some others cancelled so it became a private taxi for the price of a shared one!

      The drive to lake toba was about 3 hours- we stopped at a nice viewpoint for a break and I had some lunch, Nasi Goreng for old times sake! Arrived at Parapet about 3.20 in time for the 3.30 ferry over to Tuk Tuk which is on the island in the middle of the lake. Basically lake Toba is the largest volcanic lake in the world and the largest lake is south east Asia, and has a massive island in the middle of it. Most of the tourist accomodation is on a part of the lake called Tuk Tuk so that’s where I headed. Was about a 45 minute ferry and the ferry stops at each hotels jetty which was very handy! My hotel was pretty nice - I have a room with a lake view and terrace, not bad for £9 a night.

      After I checked in I went for a little walk down to somewhere which is supposed to have nice views and it did, had a beer. Bit weird though as there are loads of hotels and homestays here but not may people, and a lot of them look very run down.i know it’s low season but I did a bit of research online and apparently this used to be really popular in the 80s and 90’s but just hasn’t see as many tourists since- as backpackers favour Vietnam Cambodia and Thailand etc. Lots of Germans here as well!

      Finished my walk around the town, showered and went out for pizza- had been craving it for days so had to give in! Very nice indeed.
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    • Day60

      Lake Toba

      February 21, 2020 in Indonesia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Decided to have a very chilled day today, mainly consisted of lounging by the lake, reading, a bit of swimming and eating.

      Thought about going for a walk but then thought i hadn’t had a day doing nothing in ages so I didn’t!

      Had dinner at Jenny’s and had a whole bbq’d fish- bit spicy but lovely.

      Leaving tomorrow and to be honest I’m not that sad. It’s beautiful but a bit eerie, feels like a place that time forgot. Lots of older German and Swiss men here too- think they came in the 80s and never left. Whilst it’s nice being off the beaten track, I don’t think this is the place for me!
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    • Day60

      Samosir, Sumatra, Indonesia

      February 9, 2020 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      How does a typical Lake-Toba-morning looks like?
      I stand up and from our balcony I check if the lake is still there and if there is some weather - all is still there and it looks great as usual! Then we take a swim and enjoy the clear and fresh water. Then we go for breakfast: fruit, fruit aaaaaand wait... fruit 🍉 🍌 🥭 🍍 well and iced coffee for sure. Then we take the canoe and check if the lake is really ok, well it is... and then, surprisingly, we go swimming. After that we dry up on the sun chair and then... well well well... then it’s already time for lunch 🤪.Read more

    • 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...

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