Rambling Robert's Travels

This blog chronicals the travels of myself, Rambling Robert, on my next adventure to South America.

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I am a world traveller. I do not work as such. I have been homeless and unemployed since 1October 2003. I worked as a chef for 30 years in America.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Bukit Ingii Sumatra Indonesia

Greetings People of the planet earth, i am here among you in Indonesia. I am in a smallish city called Bukit(means hill or mountain) Ingii (means long or tall). I am here now for 2 days. tomorrow I will go 35 km to a little lake that has been described as an unspoiled paradise of clean water and rice paddies. Lake Manenjau. I arrived in Medan Indonesia from kuala Lumpur on 4/7/07. Medan is a dirty crowded ugly city. I suppose. I didnt stay long!I was only there for a couple of hours and then off I went to the north to a wonderful place called Bukit Lawang.
Bukit Lawang is famous for its wild life, particularly it is a great spot to see wild Orang(people) Utan(forest) In Bhasan, the native language of Indonesia and Malaysia orangutans are the forest people or the people of the forest. Orang utans are orange colored primates that are very human like. Among primates, only gorillas are bigger than Orang Utans. An adult male can get to be 60 kilos. Thats pretty heavy if you are swinging from branch to branch in the trees!! I saw five of these beautiful creatons of the all loving goddess while I was there. They are fabulous.Worth the trip to get there to see them. Bloody cool as all get out!!
Bukit lawang is dominated by the river that runs through it. In 2005 there was a devastating flood that wiped out most of tghe village and killed about 300 persons. Things are better now. I stayed in a place called the garden inn on the edge of the jungle. my view was of jungle and river. I had a nice room with a private bath and a little outdoor area with a picnic table and two benches. I hung around and smoked Bob Marley cigarettes (native grown brown weed) and went for walks in the jungle and swims in the river. Great time. Truly a great time. I saw many other animals there too. lots of long tail mackaws and other primates too. The monkees I dont recall their name, would come up to my room and they can be very aggressive. They will climb in your windows and steal your pineapples and bananas or other fruits if you arent careful.
From Bukit lawang I went to a n island in a lake. the island is called Palomir and the lake is called Toba. The water is clean and deep. the lake is in a volcano that is dead for 100,000years. This is the largest island in a volcanic lake in the world. I stayed in a little town called Tuk-Tuk. I had one of the most relaxing weeks of my travels there. Stayed in a nice place with a lake view called Tonys guest house. Cheap fun, nice local people and great swimming. I was sad to leave but Indoneseia only gave me 30 days and I waned to get to here where i am now.Getting here proved to be quite a hair raising experience.
I took a night bus that was scheduled to take 16 hours, leave lake toba at 5 pm and get to Bukit ingii at 9am. the bus showed up at 7:30 and off we went. it is a sleeper and I was sleeping peacefully when all of a sudden, i heard screaming and felt myself beign hurled to my right. The bus had lost control on a mountain road and went onto its side and into a ditch. Everyone was thrown on top of one another and it was pitch black outside and raining outside and the bus motor and lights were off. The driver got the lights on and we all crawled/climbed out. i was near the rear door so I was one of the first ones out and helped as people handed me out their little kids and stuff. The goddess intervened just in time and by some miracle no one was hurt. It was 1:30am and we were 15km from the nearest town, it was cloudy and rainy so it was very dark. We were hopelessly stuck!!
We walked 300 meters and found a little coffeee tea stall and built a fire and sstayed until morning and the woman who ran the place did a brisk business sellig us coffee and tea and cup-o-noodles with boiled eggs. That was the entire menu!! Eventually the bus was rescued by two old Kontasu Bull dozers with one inch cables and winches and we got back on board and arrived here in Bukit lawang 19 hours late, at 3 in the morning.
I went today walking for 4 hours with a guide and a cool Australian dude and we were in search of the Rafflesia flowers that bloom here in the jungle. they are the largest flowers the goddess has made and they can be 250cm across!! That is like 8 feet!!! They are more often about a meter across or 3.25 feet, but still.... Any way we found a few buds and spotted some Gibbons which are another type of primate and we were unfortunately it appears about 2 weeks early to see a flower!! bummer but I am alive and well and having fun in Indonesia. Tomorrow I go to lake manenjua and from there I will go back to malaysia as my visa will expire on 2/8/07 and there is a tough fine if i overstay.Here then is something to think about until you all hear from me again!
On the authority of Anas bin Malik, the servant of the messenger of Allah, that the prophet said :
"None of you [truely] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself."
"Down to Gehenna or up to the Throne,He travels the fastest who travels alone."
Rudyard Kipling
Peacwe and love to all who read these words


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