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    Tropical Storm Tour: Sumatra Part 9

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015
    Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia

    A packed mini-van in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.
    A packed mini-van in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.

    An unintentional art assemblage in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.
    An unintentional art assemblage in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.

    A tire repair cart in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.
    A tire repair cart in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.

    Battle of the billboards in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.
    Battle of the billboards in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.

    Originally, I was supposed to head over to Bukit Lawang today, but I was feeling way too tired after recently being sick from diarrhea for two days, followed by a six-hour journey back to Medan from Danau Toba. So, I decided to take a much-needed day off to rest. Too bad it turned into a semi-day off, as I had to schlep around the block to the bank to bulk up on funds for my trip to Bukit Lawang (for some strange reason, there are no ATMs there), and then about a mile over to Berjaya Tour and Travel to buy a flight from Padang, Sumatra to Denpasar, Bali for August 25. At least on the walk over to Berjaya and back I got to shoot a whole mess of good photos of weathered walls, billboards, shacks, vehicles and the like, which is always fun.

    Roemah Indonesian Kitchen in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.
    Roemah Indonesian Kitchen in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.

    A collection of vinyl records at Roemah Indonesian Kitchen in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.
    A collection of vinyl records at Roemah Indonesian Kitchen in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.

    A small machine shop in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.
    A small machine shop in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.

    A patched-up shack in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.
    A patched-up shack in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.

    On the way back, I stopped by Roemah Indonesian Kitchen, which I had noticed before, and ordered noodles with vegetables, French fries and a strawberry shake. Not only was the food delicious, but the staff was super friendly, showing me around the whole place, which was smartly decorated with vintage appliances–including adding machines, movie projectors, radios and even vinyl records–housed inside display windows. There was also all kinds of nice art, photos and objects on the walls, and the place was clean as a whistle. I highly recommend Roemah if you ever find yourself in Medan. And to think I found it totally by chance. Lucky me! I spent the rest of the day inside the Gandhi Inn catching up on this travel journal and getting ready to travel to Bukit Lawang tomorrow.

    Words and photos ©2015 Arcane Candy.

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