Nias (soundtrack- Bob Marley)
Trip Start Apr 10, 2004
5Trip End Jun 09, 2004
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Nias was beautiful. After a nightmare 25hrs travel from Lake Toba- bus, 9hr ferry, 4hrhorrible bus on non-existent rd, then truck, it was all worth it when the last half hour was spent cruising through rice fields along a palm-lined road
Aprt from the surfing, the only energetic thing we did all week was go up to one of the nearby villages- for the first half-hour we had an escort of about twenty kids- I had four little girls hanging off each arm, and Simon had a screaming group of boys who all begged to have their photo taken and then jumped up and down with excitement when they did. We picked up a couple of local teenagers who decided to skip afternoon school and practice English with us instead- then had to walk for an hour-and-a-half in the stinking heat up a hill, stone staircases. Not fun. The village was just two intersecting paved 'streets' lined with traditional houses- the ground in the middle was devoted to drying rice which was spread out on tarps, and there were kids and tailess cats everywhere
Apart from some of the locals at Nias constantly trying to get 'memories' off us- 'you give me ring', 'you give me pen', it was a really nice place. Spent a lot of time playing with Horas's kids, who started off shy, but were completely comfortable around us after 8 days- the two year-old,apart from constantly holding up her arms to be picked up, even started pinching us and spitting on Simon just for fun. There werent many people there, (much to Simon's disgust I was the only female tourist there for the whole first week, and not even any local girls to be seen) Lagundri Bay is a quite small, perfect horseshoe bay, and there were probably only about 30 people staying there, most of them surfers- Nias: the untapped resource :)As the waves were crap, everyone got on the Bintang and Asaka (lethal local whisky) most nites- it was any excuse (Japanese guy's last nite, local guy's son's 4th b'day, barbecuing a pig...). So we got to know everyone on the beach- the locals(all speak perfect English) as well as the other tourists. Second last day we finally walked down to the swimming beach, where Sime and one of the local guys built a sandcastle together :) When it came to it, we didnt want to leave- and of course it was the most beautiful afternoon we'd had.
But Bukkittinghi is nice, and after the 12hr ferry, 11hr bus it took to get here, it seemed even nicer
Hope all is well, luv,
Happy bday for Friday little bro, have an awesome day :)
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