Went for short trip to Indonesia with my colleagues in end of August. It was a 4 day 3 night trip, my first time to Indonesia! The trip was started from Berastagi (a highland) and travel to Medan. It was very tiring and bumpy due to travelling most of the time on mountain roads.
I have car sick all the way and luckily you can easily get motion sickness pills at almost every supermarket there and even in the rural areas! Thanks to the cheap but very effective car sick pills, I managed to overcome the dizziness during the 4 days!
First stop of the trip: Taman Alam Lumbini at Berastagi. It is free of entrance fee so far. There is a myanmar temple or we called it Pagoda at the centre of the park. We were told that it was built by a Medan tycoon whom had made a wish at Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar, if his wish was granted by the God, he would build a pagoda in Indonesia. So his deepest wish must have been granted that’s why we had the chance to visit a Pagoda in Indonesia.
THERE WAS A WISHING TREE IN THE PAGODA I HAD MADE MY WISHES ON THAT!
After that we had moved on to the farmer market at Berastagi. Berastagi is highland, the weather was cold there, the flowers, fruits and vegetables were all so fresh! There were a lot of snakeskin fruits sold in the market (top right in the pic). I love the Avocado there, they are huge! I bought some home to make juice!
My favourite drink in Indonesia! Jus Alpokat aka avocado juice! They blend the avocado with some milk and ice and pour some chocolate sauce. The flavor is rich and the juice is thick! What a tasty nutritious drink! I drank two glasses a day! Addicted to jus alpokat!
Horse Riding at Berastagi farmer market. I was so scared when I first ride on the horse, just after a while, I was in love with it and enjoyed the joy of horse riding. When the horse was running fast, you tend to feel the freedom that it feels.
After a day at Berastagi, we moved on our journey to Lake Toba. Again the mountain roads really making us nauseous. Luckily the car sick pills were working on me, but my colleague was not so lucky. She vomited at every stop when we stopped for a rest.
After 3 and half hours journey, we finally reached Lake Toba, we immediately jumped onto a boat to start our tour at Lake Toba!
“Lake Toba (Indonesian: Danau Toba) is a lake and supervolcano. The lake is 100 kilometres long, 30 kilometres wide, and up to 505 meters (1,666 ft) deep. Located in the middle of the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra with a surface elevation of about 900 metres (2,953 ft), the lake stretches from to . It is the largest lake in Indonesia and the largest volcanic lake in the world.” (From Wikipedia)
There was some islands on Lake Toba (so you can imagine how huge the lake is!), we went to one of it! Samosir, or Samosir Island which is a large volcanic island in Lake Toba. In the ancient time, this island belonged to King Siallagan, who led a cannibal tribe. He would hold a trial at the stone chairs, once a criminal was convicted, There would be people broke the criminal’s legs and kept him as prisoner under the house together with livestock. The prisoner would be fed until he was fat, and the tribe people would kill him and cook and eat his flesh.
The last day we finally reached Medan after a 5-hour journey!!! That was quite crazy, and we were all tired! Haha! Since we were in Indonesia, how could we skip the massage session? We went for a 2-hour traditional Indonesian massage straight after we reached Medan. The next morning we went to the morning market (Pasar Pajak Ikan) where there are a lot of stalls selling Batik, other cloths, Muslim wears and so on. (It is not a pasar (market) that sells ikan (fish))
See they are enjoying the music while I m playing piano! (Well, we are just all very good posers! :p)
– Treasure every moment when we are still alive