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    Tropical Storm Tour: Sumatra Part 19

    August 22nd, 2015

    Saturday, August 22, 2015
    Bukittinggi, Sumatra, Indonesia

    Ling welcomes you to the Hello Guesthouse in Bukittinggi, Sumatra, Indonesia.
    Ling welcomes you to the Hello Guesthouse in Bukittinggi, Sumatra, Indonesia.

    Welcome to day two of the bad cold I caught a couple of nights before. Fortunately, it pretty much peaked today. (Last night, I had the runniest nose of all time. I had to blow it every minute or so. Seriously, I’ve never had to honk my nose that many times in my entire life.) For most of the day, I just laid in bed and got some rest–only venturing outside briefly to eat two or three times.

    Words and photos ©2015 Arcane Candy.


    Tropical Storm Tour: Sumatra Part 18

    August 21st, 2015

    Friday, August 21, 2015
    Bukittinggi, Sumatra, Indonesia

    A small booth near the entrance to Fort de Kock in Bukittinggi, Sumatra, Indonesia.
    A small booth near the entrance to Fort de Kock in Bukittinggi, Sumatra, Indonesia.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Sumatra Part 17

    August 20th, 2015

    Thursday, August 20, 2015
    Bukittinggi, Sumatra, Indonesia

    Welcome to Bukittinggi, Sumatra, Indonesia.
    Welcome to Bukittinggi, Sumatra, Indonesia.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Sumatra Part 16

    August 19th, 2015

    Wednesday, August 19, 2015
    Bukittinggi, Sumatra, Indonesia

    A horse-drawn carriage in Bukittinggi, Sumatra, Indonesia.
    A horse-drawn carriage in Bukittinggi, Sumatra, Indonesia.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Sumatra Part 15

    August 18th, 2015

    Tuesday, August 18, 2015
    Bukittinggi, Sumatra, Indonesia

    Sriwijaya Air flight SJ 021 at Kuala Namu airport in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.
    Sriwijaya Air flight SJ 021 at Kuala Namu airport in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.

    I finally left Medan today, a rather inhospitable city that had me snared by its cluttered charm for over a week–including the obligatory side trips to Danau Toba and Bukit Lawang. To get to Kuala Namu airport, I had planned to take a becak to the train station in central Medan, then catch the Airport Rail Link for a total cost of 120,000 rupiah ($8.89), but the owner of the Gandhi Inn talked me into using his personal driver for 150,000 ($11.12). He said it would be faster and easier, and in a way, it was, as I didn’t have to transfer from one vehicle to the next, etc. It took us about an hour to get there.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Sumatra Part 14

    August 17th, 2015

    Monday, August 17, 2015
    Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia

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

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Sumatra Part 13

    August 16th, 2015

    Sunday, August 16, 2015
    Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia

    A yummy breakfast at Fido Dido Guesthouse in Bukit Lawang, Sumatra, Indonesia.
    A yummy breakfast at Fido Dido Guesthouse in Bukit Lawang, Sumatra, Indonesia.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Sumatra Part 12

    August 15th, 2015

    Saturday, August 15, 2015
    Bukit Lawang, Sumatra, Indonesia

    Mother and child in Bukit Lawang, Sumatra, Indonesia.
    Mother and child in Bukit Lawang, Sumatra, Indonesia.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Sumatra Part 11

    August 14th, 2015

    Friday, August 14, 2015
    Bukit Lawang, Sumatra, Indonesia

    A picturesque wooden bridge crossing the Bohorok river in Bukit Lawang, Sumatra, Indonesia.
    A picturesque wooden bridge crossing the Bohorok river in Bukit Lawang, Sumatra, Indonesia.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Sumatra Part 10

    August 13th, 2015

    Thursday, August 13, 2015
    Bukit Lawang, Sumatra, Indonesia

    The Mawar Bakery and Cake Shop in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.
    The Mawar Bakery and Cake Shop in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.

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