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    Tropical Storm Tour: Sumatra Video

    “The equator runs through only 10 countries on earth and I bet that you cannot name them all without consulting a map. Indonesia is one of them and the only nation in Asia with the equatorial stripe impaling it. There are so many different cultures spread-out on this chain of islands that it would take several lifetimes to experience them all properly. Within this umbrella of diversity is one of the world’s richest and most dazzling sound museums. Sumatra is the northwestern entry point to the great archipelago. Approximately the size of California, Indonesia’s largest island has a wide variety of natural wonders: dense jungles, picturesque mountain peaks, gargantuan lakes, lowland swamps, active volcanoes, and highly frequent seismic activity. Populating this gorgeous setting are orangutans, tigers, durian trees, the largest flower on earth, dozens of cultures and languages, myths and folklore, and much more music than you’ve ever been allowed to discover.”–Sublime Frequencies

    Tropical Storm Tour: Sumatra Video takes a glance at the hectic and confounding city of Medan, the placid lake Danau Toba with its spectacular pointed roof Batak houses, the beautiful river rafting / jungle trekking paradise of Bukit Lawang, and last but not least, the picturesque hill town of Bukittinggi. Side trips to the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia, and the buffalo horn-inspired spires of the magnificent Minangkabau houses round out this trippy trip through one of the most interesting islands on Earth.

    Background songs from Folk and Pop Sounds of Sumatra Volumes 1 and 2, courtesy of Sublime Frequencies. For tons of photos and a detailed travel journal, visit the Tropical Storm Tour page.

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