Bukittinggi, Sumatra

Trip Start Jun 09, 2009
Trip End Aug 10, 2009

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Flag of Indonesia  , Sumatra,
Monday, July 20, 2009

After a quick 2 hour domestic flight on Lion Air that also included a connection in Jakarta, we arrived in the city of Padang which we used as a one night base to set up travel to Bukittinggi.

We should note that the domestic flight services in Indonesia are pretty efficient and a great alternative to long, bumpy bus rides.  They are a great value as well.  In Sumatra, to see the various places we have chosen to visit, we have a couple of options: 14 hours overnight on a bus for around $8 or 1 hour on a flight for around $33.  You decide.  The only interesting twist is that we've found that as western tourists we seem to always get assigned to the emergency exit row.  We have heard people say that this is because we are often taller and the extra leg room in the exit row comes in handy for us.  We've also heard it's because we likely fly more often and would know better what to do in an emergency situation.  Who knows.  Either way, we gladly accept.  But, here's a cultural spin for you.  During one flight we were settling into our seats on the exit row, Liz at the window and Jon in the middle.  The flight attendant approached and said to Liz, "Excuse me ma'am.  Would you please change with your husband, we have a preference for a man near the exit window."  Yeah, try that one on Delta... 

We're happy to be in Sumatra and it has been great to see the landscape and the cultures change as we have made our way across the western part of Indonesia.  We spent 3 nights in Bukittinggi to visit a few sights in the local area which we will share with you in this entry.  Enjoy!

Until next time,
Jon and Liz
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