Tag Archives: Sumatra

Samosir 1

My first visit to Sumatra, and my first ‘solo’ travelling for a couple of years. Friday 15th September 1989 Tuk Tuk Timbul I moved here from Smiley’s for the promise of electricity, and I’d like to stay here for quite … Continue reading

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Samosir 2

Tuk Tuk Timbul Monday 18.9.89. 9am This is a place to be disciplined in. One needs to plan how to do nothing – out of bed. I’ve just sat for half an hour unpeeling my nose whilst contemplating my first … Continue reading

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Samosir 3

Tuk Tuk Timbul Saturday 23.9.89 My last full day on Samosir. I’ve wound down and made some magic (mushroomed) encounters with people and food, with the ever changing view from my balcony a constant. Clouds, rain and ripples. And the … Continue reading

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Padang

29.9.89 Padang Tabing airport An enforced delay: my plane leaves at 14.40 and not 12.50; I could have been informed about the rescheduling, so why wasn’t I? The sign at the ‘gateway’ says ‘Selamat Jalan, You Are Now Leaving West … Continue reading

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Mentawai

12.2.05 When asked about my favourite part of Indonesia, I invariably reply West Sumatra. The Minangkabau culture, predominant in the central west part of Sumatra, is noted for its matrilineal family structure, which is one reason for the spread of … Continue reading

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