I Crossed The Equator Guys!!!

Trip Start Jan 20, 2012
Trip End Jan 25, 2012

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Flag of Indonesia  , West Sumatra,
Saturday, January 21, 2012

From the previous location, it was another 4 hours drive through winding roads and difficult yet beautiful terrain to this small town called Bonjol. It is pass Bukittinggi town, heading north on the Trans Sumatran Highway.





This small town is famous for two things, firstly being the home town of Imam Bonjol....the Indonesian hero who sparked the revolution towards independence and then for its location being exactly on the equator. All throughout the journey, we could see all kinds of vegetation being grown. I believe West Sumatrans do not leave even an inch of their land idle, every square inch is planted and as this land is very fertile, anything can be planted and grown successfully.

There is a small monument when you reach the equator and is well marked by an arch and a line being crossed on the road. Here having had the thrill of crossing the equator, we had also demanded for the water plug experiment to test the truth. True enough, as you could see from the videos attached, water flows in opposing directions in both hemispheres. We actually got one of the guys who was trying to sell us some t-shirts to perform the experiment. Once the experiment was done, we paid him a good fee and he was very happy. His wife, in contrary was not too happy with me because she was also trying to sell me another t-shirt and trying to get more money out of me in which, she did not succeed. 

At this particular place, maybe because of its exact location on the equator, the weather was quite hot and we were dehydrating profusely. Luckily there were some stalls and we got some drinks here.

Thereafter, as recommended by the driver, we also visited the main river here where one can see the locals who gather here and collect river stones manually and sell them for construction purposes. It was amusing seeing them collect these stones, one piece at a time on a large rubber floats and take them back home to set up stalls along the roadside in front of their homes.








Besides that, there were also a group of children having their share of fun at this river. Unlike other rivers which I have seen anywhere in South East Asia, this river was extremely clean, its water clear and there was no litter floating on the river. Never had I expected to see any South East Asian river in this pristine condition.

After spending about an hour here, we hit back on the journey southward heading back to Bukittinggi town.  
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Jay on

That is surely an experience of a lifetime bro! Truly a beautiful place and captured well with your lenses.

venoth on

Thank you very much Jay....indeed it was a great experience.

Geoff on

Good experience!

venoth on

It was great!!! Thank you Geoff.

greekcypriot on

I did not exactly understand the experiment with the water.
The river seems really clear. It is true that there are so many stones on the banks of the river yet the man with his snorkel is still trying to find the very best!!
A very interesting trip …thanks for the beautiful photos and nice writing Venoth.

venoth on

Your most welcome Popi and thank you for the lovely comments. As for the experiment, it is supposed to be that water shall flow in opposing directions , clock wise and counter clockwise in the opposing hemispheres.

srirsridhar2 on

life is very hard in developing countries

venoth on

Very true Sridhar. Sad that despite Indonesia is rich in every agriculture possible from rubber to palm oil, even petroleum, gold, diamonds, gems...yet the majority of people are below poverty line.

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