Da Rifi Hostel
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... dinner/supper which was cooked by the locals. We actually stayed at the homes of the locals and it's really a humble experience. We slept in their bed, use their facilities, and we just mingled with them. Everyone treat us like one of them. They are poor but friendly, down-to-earth, and with a very good heart. We ended the night by going for a late night dip at their famous volcanic hot spring water.
... the way back we sat and had dinner and watched the sunset from one of the posher hotels before heading back through the jungle in the dark and onto a singsong in my hostel which was fun. There's normally a number of local guys in every night playing guitars, drums and singing, they're a fun lot and entertain us and any tourist around and it's a nice way to finish off the day.
Next stop Banda Aceh, I'm just keeping my fingers crossed I manage the roads in one piece!
... the Dutch and British, it was were the colonial powers based their office and where the locals stormed in to tear the Dutch flag's blue part off to reflect the Indonesia flag.
It was a terrific stay! Loving the whole colonial feel. Would have swam in we brought swimming costume. But overall the room was just so comfortable to nua.
And it was so near the largest shopping mall in Surabaya - tungjunan. Super shiok to shop especially ...
... selling flowers & drinks etc, but this was a first. Two ladyboys walked between the cars singing bad versions of old pop songs and asking for money. Thankfully just as the lovely lady with the five o’clock shadow reached our van, the lights turned to green and we were off.
The traffic in Java is bad but the roads are even worse. It felt like the bus had square wheels with no suspension as we were thrown in every direction as we chugged along. The ...
... meet some of them that still reside around the area.
8am Depart Medan for Bukit Lawang
11am Arrive at Bukit Lawang
Check-in to EcoLodge
1.30pm Orangutan Forest Trek 2hrs
On our drive from Medan to Bukit Lawang, we see more of the crazy driving habits and disregard for road rules. Families fit onto small motor bikes, we often saw four sometimes five people on a motor bike. Sometimes people wore helmets. We would ...
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