Lake Toba - Maninjau
The tour ended today which was pretty sad, but we definitely had an experience of a life time here.
I ended the last entry saying that we had a lot of things planned for the day and we sure did. We went and visited King Sidabutar's Tomb which is located on the island of Samosir. There was a guide that took all us tourists in bunches to tell us the history about the King and his tomb. The king was never buried in the ground, they always had a tomb carved for them which they would be placed in and then located in the center of the town with a tree planted next to their tomb. They gave us sashes to wear which we were told to be a sign of respect. The tombs are a major tourist attraction on the Island, and the Batak people are very envious of their rulers.
After spending the morning at the tombs we went to a local coffee hut which is called a Pondok Kopi. It was a really relaxing atmosphere with a couple of well worn wooden tables with a couple of benches and a single gas burner to boil the water. We spent lunch here and then went to the lake for the rest of the day where we went fishing and swimming.
The last couple of days were full of seeing tombs and grave sights and touring the highland region of Sumatra, but my most favorite part was definitely Maninjau's crater lake. The water's were so crystal clear and the scenery was to die for. We went paragliding off the mountains and the view was phenominal. I highly recomend it to any adventurous travelers out there.
Sadly the tour ended this morning and now we are taking a bus down to the south end of Sumarta where we are going to be taking a ferry accross to get to Java.