Good morning everyone!
Yes, that’s right, I’m still alive! I’ve been meaning to blog again for weeks now, but it’s one of those things, the longer I leave it the more overwhelming it beccomes, you know? There’s just so much to talk about!
Let’s start with more holiday news…. Last week marked Idul Fitri – the biggest Muslim holiday and the end of Ramadhan, so we had a week off school. With a few friends I headed to Sumatra – one of Indonesia’s main islands that I was yet to explore.
We left super early on Monday morning and flew to Medan, where we hopped straight on a bus to Lake Toba. It was a local bus – super cramped, hot, smoky and a rather unpleasant 5 hours…
We finally made it to Lake Toba just in time to catch the last ferry of the day over to the island where we would be staying. Lake Toba is the largest volcanic lake in the world, and although I had done some research beforehand I was not prepared for jut how vast (and beautiful) it was going to be!
We’d come off the back of a busy few weeks at school and a lot of travelling so spend the first few days relaxing. We swam in the lake, read books, drank beer and ate delicious foods (including lots of pork! Sumatra is a Batak area, so predominantly Christian).
We also hired motorcycles and went exploring for the day. I was under the impression that we’d be able to circumnavigate the entire island, but turns out it’s actually the same size as Singapore! We rode about 100km and only made a small dent in the distance! We found some hot springs and had a little adventure though 🙂
Our time in Toba flew by way too quickly, and it was soon time to move on to our next destination in the jungle, Bukit Lawang!
To be continued…