Hotel Immanuel II
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... runs along the western and southern outskirts of town. As the sun began to set and the temperature got cooler, i started to ascend Gunung Padang. This mountain on Padang's western edge, where the afore mentioned Sungai Batang Aram river flows into the sea, is a popular attraction for the views of both the ocean and the city. As you've probably guessed, the view wasn't that good due to the smoke cloud. The following day i hired a motorbike and headed south to the town of ...
... the beach was scattered with loads of rubbish that came in with the tides. It does take away a bit of the remote feeling I was getting but, but I guess it is a hint of authenticity an a relatively poor country.
It was time to use the little waterproof camera that Neil gave me to try out. Of course I didn't go deep underwater and could not really confirm if it was waterproof to 30m but it certainly is waterproof to 1m, Neil.
As this beach (and ...
... waves past the rocky outcrops, as the tide has now come in.
That evening we meet the other guests and a very cute puppy called Takida, who was rescued from the river. Takida and her older dog friend called Omar have become part of Rickys family and seem very happy with all the scraps the tourists feed them. After sharing dinner we all sat around singing Beatles and Bob Marley songs as the local boys played their guitars. I then head for bed and fall asleep to the sounds ...
... but turned out to be a baby chimp! After we had all finished admiring the scenery I was kindly able to hitch a ride back down the bends - with the zoo lady, the chimp and me on the bike! I would have felt sorry for the chimp being carried like a baby, dressed in nappies and drinking from a bottle, however having seen the zoo I think this way of life was better than the alternative of being kept there in its no doubt tiny cage all day!
They dropped me off ...
4 hours to Medan airport, 55 minute flight to Padang Airport, 2 hour drive to Bungus beach. Arrive just in time for some dinner, couple of beers then off to bed. The accommodation only has 1 beach cottage, so we let mum and Atik take that as it is a relatively nice room. We get what the owner referred to as "backpacker" room. This consisted of a very small concrete block, not I imagine unlike a prison cell, rickity bed, no fan ...
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