Greetings from the island of Sumatra. We've been having issues with several details including domestic flights, ferry failures and Chao's card getting hopelessly trapped in an HSBC machine because of a (frequent) power outage.
This country is markedly different from Malaysia considering the similarities in Malay-Indo culture/language/food. Everything is much, much more third world and overwhelming, more Cambodia than China. We're adjusting.
Recent travel: We just left two blissful days in Bukit Lawang village, where we trekked in the rainforest, saw a mother and baby orangutan in the wild (!) and climbed on all fours into a bat filled cave. That, and stayed in a gorgeous traditional house with a view of the jungle and rushing river. Breathtaking and humid.
We're currently in the north Sumatran city of Medan, famous for rat filled sewers and the smell of burning trash. (Also a couple of old mosques, I've heard.) However, owing to Indonesia's jaw dropping economic disparity, the city center is blanketed with air conditioned malls, which we are naturally enjoying. We're having more issues with Air Asia, but after some kind of resolution we are quickly heading to Lake Toba, where we will swim in a volcanic lake and see Batak houses.
More to come!