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We decided to book seats in a shared taxi (an MPV) as we couldn't face going back to Bukitinggi's bus station. It cost a little more but we arrived in much more comfort and style. That we arrived in Padang alive was a miracle itself as the driver seem intent on seeing just how fast the car would go whilst driving on narrow roads around the lake. …
After meeting the friendliest people of our journey so far in Bander Lampung we headed westward to Padang.
The Lonely Planet describes this as a must see city, as we got off the bus in the late evening and made our way to our hostel we didn't agree. We walked to our hostel down almost pitch black streets with open manholes in the middle of …
... 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 ...
We shared a cab with Chris from the harbour back to the guesthouse that we stayed in when we first arrived. We waved goodbye as he headed straight to the airport bound for Bali. At Brigitte's we are shown our old room again. The one that is massive and supper comfy. It's a massive relief to be back in modern civilisation again. We have our first shower with warm running water in 10 days, slip into our soft white cotton sheets and fall asleep to the cooling sounds ...
... about all the good news we get for the next 13 hours. The rest is pretty rough. We sit and wait for 3 hours in our unpadded seats. The ferry starts to fill up with more and more people. It's gets hotter and hotter. The men start to chain smoke and the mothers try hard to comfort screaming children. We still haven't left the harbour. We still have at least 10 hours over night on the ferry. At least we have each other. We treat ourselves to some freshly boiled sweet corn ...
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