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... started off on the Island of Sumatra. Our first area was called Riau. Riau is located on the eastern coast of island of Sumatra which is north of where we are staying here in Jakarta. We entered the elaborate house and were greeted by a super friendly lady. She told us how the house would typically house eight families and that boys moved to live in the mosque at age ten. She also told us that she made a few of the ceremonial clothes that were on display in the room. ...
... of Angklung music, the traditional bamboo instrument. There are live performances and workshops offered for visitors there.
8. Ciwalk or Cihampelas Walk
Your visit to Banding won’t be perfect without shopping center and there’s no better place to shop than the legenday Cihampelas Street. Ciwalk is the icon of the street, the home of fashion boutiques and factory outlets as well as several culinary counters.
... we have not seen or experienced much other than the 27degrees at 2 in the morning! It's gonna be hot!
Anyway, off to bed now. Shelley is already in the bunk and we’re meeting my sister Janet tomorrow morning! Can’t wait to see her. Hope the call for prayer don’t wake us up!
Fun Fact: Call to prayer happens 5 times a day, starting at around 4am
... the people are Muslim. Next stop the Catholic Church opposite (apparently the mosque was designed by a catholic!) many less people inside, a few nuns and a few tourists. Very different from the last Catholic Churches I went into in Kerala. Not so many vivid carvings of Jesus on the cross with blood everywhere. Simple, blue and whit wood work, simple images that aren't too scary. Back to the hotel via the shop at the train ...