19.02.2008 -17 °C
It is now day 5 on our tour!! We've been through Jungles and have hiked up mountains and have even floated down rivers on inner tubes. The first day that we got started was a pretty relaxing day we stayed in our hotel in Medan and then went to Bohorok the following morning. We started the day by taking a Jungle tour through Gunung Leuser National Park which is one of the largest rainforests in the world (1). We came accross some amazing animals too such as orangutans, elephants and even some snakes (2). The rainforest is a large part of Sumatra which attracts many tourists to the region to experience the nature.
We day after that in Berastagi we climbed a volcano which had spectacular views or the whole region. The night that we got back from the hike we went for dinner at a local restaurant in the town. Sumatran food is generally pretty spicy, we had a dish that was pretty spicy called Beef Randang, which is dryed beef cury. Some items that you might see in a Sumatran dish may be:
- Lemon Grass
You'll find the most spicy food in Pandang called Pandangese food
So if you don't like spicy stay away from there
Yesterday we visited the most beautiful place, Lake Toba. We stayed the night in the most interesting huts called Batak Houses. They were situated in the Karo Batak Village which is on the island of Samosir in the middle of Lake Toba.
That following afternoon we visted the beautiful Si Piso Piso Waterfall on the island of Samosir. Today is our free day though and were getting ready now to go out and enjoy the rest of the lake. I'll write back next time I get a chance to.