Trip Start Sep 01, 2008
15Trip End Sep 01, 2009
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Went into town with Joel and Alex. Did internet stuff all day. Joel and Alex came to our place to watch both Hostel movies.
Went around town again and did some shopping for the Maninjau trip.
Joel's boss Ronnie drove us to Danau (Lake) Maninjau. He got us a place at the Maninjau resort. We got all settled in then went for a tour of the resort. Saw the pub, karaoke bar, pool room, swimming pool......... this place had it all. We decided to go into the town to check it out. We walked all the way there. It took around 2.5 to 3 hours to hike down the winding roads that clung to the mountain face. It was pissing it down with rain so we all had our rain jackets on apart from Joel who decided to use a dried out palm tree leaf hat to get shelter from the rain
Today was Alex's 24th birthday, so she had the biggest say in what we did for the day. We ate breakfast in the resort then took the bus down to the town. We rented bikes and took off to find a good spot to swim in the lake. We got lost down a road leading to the lake, so Joel went to talk to some of the local people that lived there to see if he could get the low down. He ended up coming back to tell us that a family that lived in a small bamboo house on the lakeshore said that we could use their canoes for free if we wanted. We first tried a four man canoe. They were all carved out of a solid tree trunk and were very unstable! We all had a good laugh as we tried to negotiate the canoe with all of our stuff in there with us, including cameras. We ended up around 10 ft. from the shore when we decided that this was probably a bad idea. We definitely didn't feel too comfortable in the four man and all the locals were laughing at us from the shore as we almost tipped the canoe a number of times
Had breakfast at the resort then we were picked up by a minibus to take us back to Bukittingi. Didn't get up to too much for the rest of the day. Had an early night to catch our flight out the to Medan next day.