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... were no restaurants (only hotels and bakeries), with the only one in the book (supposedly open 24hrs a day) closed. We searched for tourist information and found only a small hut that was staffed by two Indonesians with barely any English, who kindly gave us maps, that we later realised were incorrect. Fed up and hungry, we ended up in the McDonalds of the local Plaza.
One aspect of Medan that was hard to get around was the lack of wifi or ...
... to Bukit Lawang was about 3 hours and along the way we saw rubber plantations and palm oil plantations. We arrived in town around 1:30pm and then started the trek up to the hotel. A guide showed us the way as we crossed a rushing river (on yet another pretty sketch bridge) and then up about 100 steps to the hotel. The heat combined with our backpacks made this climb brutal. We were introduced to all the staff at the hotel while we waited ...
... get you taxi. Anyone who knows me knows I don't do taxis if I can avoid it. So I walked. Thirty minutes later I was there. Not an awful lot to see. But I was after tourist information as wanted to book a guide to climb a volcano. That sorted I walked up the hill of the town to get a view of both the volcanos. My aim four weeks earlier was to climb Gunung Sinabung. The big one. Sadly and not just for me it erupted three weeks ...
... see us shouting hello hello! Then they were hiding around the side of the car just staring at us and giggling when we looked at them. We set back off and Bebe bought some snacks from the side of the road to share but they were disgusting so I didn't have any. Cold deep friend fish bits? You can keep them thanks Beebs! He offered us some chillies to try and mine was the hottest thing on the planet. I just licked the end and my head blew off. We finally arrived in Bukit lawang where a ...
... tourist from the very North of Sumatra, Yo Busra! So I started looking around and got in contact with a Czech guy who is really into conservation of rain forests around the world. I decided to go and work with him in a camp at the border of the National Park, a 3-4 hour hike away.
A word on Palmoil and the NGO
'Green Life' is a small Czech ngo that raises funds through presentations on the subject in Czech ...
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