I would say HOLIDAY’s the basic way … Our Holiday plans took us to SUMATRA… the biggest Indonesian Islands. As most of you know, I found my love for Indonesia on my holiday last year… so for me, it is: Indonesia 2.0!
well, before getting started, it is all about changing money and… what the heck! we are multi-millionaires now… it is a real burden havin so much money, when 100.000 Rupiah is only worth about 8-9 € and the biggest bank note is exactly that: 100.000 Rupiah! See yourself:
We started our journey in Medan, which is called the shithole by the Indonesians and most of its visitors for good reason.
Thus, we directly took off for Berastagi, a little village in the north of Sumatra, which is situated between the two active vulcanoes Gunung Sinabung (2.500m) und Gunung Sibayak (2.050m) with the intent to climb Gunung Sinabung.
our home for one night 🙂 Wisma Sibayak
strolling through Berastagi..
seeing what’s lying ahead… gonna go up there?
Our plan was to take a little nap at Wisma Sibayak and then do a nights climb up Sinabung, well, none of us was expecting bad weather… we were recommended, not to do the dangerous climb of Sinabung, as it had been raining the previous days and would have been to dangerous.
This gave us a whole night of sleep in a quite cold climate, which we were not used to anymore. Early next morning, we started our trek up Gunung Sibayak and came across an interesting flora and fauna. The Vulcano above us was steaming sulfat into the air… and we had wonderful sights of the area.
pole vault the natural way
preparing our dinner, a yummi mee goreng 🙂
well who wouldn’t want a photo with white ppl 🙂 our driver to Gunung Sibayak
me on the way up,… not too tough but nice 🙂
what would be a treck up a vulcanoe without a wonderful view?
hot Sulfate steaming out of the rocks
no matter where you look, just amazing views!
and again, only nearly to the top cause the way was quite dangerous… bugger!
anyway, we made it 🙂
Vulcanoe: check 🙂
just amazing views
and a nice little Angkot after the hot springs, back to Berastagi
On our way down, we stopped at hot springs and enjoyed the hot water on our sore muscles.
Back in Berastagi, we grabbed some satay, packed, and took off back to Medan. For an Overnigth Stay.
The next part of our Journey took us to Banda Aceh, the Area, which was hit most by the tsunami in 2005. Our tour to the harbour showed us, the good job, people had done here on building up the area.
From Uleuh-leuh harbour, we took the ferry to Pulau Weh, a wonderful Island north of Sumatra, where we were heading for the dive sites. Our destination was Gapang beach, a paradisiacl stripe of beach with Pulau Weh’s best Dive Resort: LumbaLumba divers.
Next to wonderful dive sites and good equipement, they have competent dive masters and instructors …
We spent 4 ½ wonderful days there, did 8 dives to great dive sites… and I fell in love with the Toby-fish J A cute yellow-white fish with black dots and stripes on its nose. Couldn’t get enough of him 🙂
my I introduce: toby 🙂 isn’t he wonderful? ❤
Yet, Gapang did not only have great dive sites but had a wonderful piece of beach, nice inhabitants and lots of other divers to offer. The best recipe for getting some rest … see it yourself….
on the way to paradise… crossing banda aceh, a few years back, only the was still standing
Gapang Beach at night
my paradise: so wanna go back and stay for longer 😦