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    Tropical Storm Tour: Sumatra Part 14

    Monday, August 17, 2015
    Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia

    Faded shop signs in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.
    Faded shop signs in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.

    A typical obstructed sidewalk street corner in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.
    A typical obstructed sidewalk street corner in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.

    An upstairs room at Roemah Indonesian Kitchen in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.
    An upstairs room at Roemah Indonesian Kitchen in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.

    A strawberry shake and sweets at Roemah Indonesian Kitchen in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.
    A strawberry shake and sweets at Roemah Indonesian Kitchen in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.

    I took off today to rest and catch up on writing and processing photos for this travel journal. In the afternoon, I walked a half mile over to Roemah Indonesian Kitchen, where I ordered rice with egg, some French fries and a strawberry shake. The super nice and smiley female staff also gave me a couple of free sweets with my shake. I noticed that they kept looking at me, I guess because I look as exotic to them as they, in their brightly colored hijabs, do to me. I was surprised Roemah was open, as it was Indonesia’s Independence Day, and most shops and restaurants were closed. I was also shocked at how little traffic was on the streets, and by the fact that I could walk on the sidewalks pretty much everywhere, which is nearly impossible in Medan 70% of the time on normal days. Usually, the sidewalks are completely blocked off by scores of motorcycles and goods stacked up out in front of the shops.

    A display of vintage gear at Roemah Indonesian Kitchen in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.
    A display of vintage gear at Roemah Indonesian Kitchen in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.

    Egg. rice and French fries at Roemah Indonesian Kitchen in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.
    Egg. rice and French fries at at Roemah Indonesian Kitchen in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.

    An electrical box in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.
    An electrical box in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.

    A weathered wall in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.
    A weathered wall in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.

    A shuttered vending cart in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.
    A shuttered vending cart in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.

    Words and photos ©2015 Arcane Candy.

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