Published on January 4th, 2012


Pulau Weh, Sumatra – at the tippy-top of Indonesia

Goodness but I could peck 1,000 words for every blessed HOUR of my little holiday here in Sumatra. It seems each day there’s a myriad of little interactions and misadventures that could easily fill a tome.

tuk-tuk4some350x285Ah but I’m now dangerously behind in my tales here (already post-Indonesian hospital stay, New Year’s Eve Sumatran-style at the KFC, the-ride-from-hell mini-bus on New Year’s Day, and now happily settled in for 9 days in J. R. R. Tolkien Land – Lake Toba), so will merely post some pics and peck a few mots so you can see for yourself what my 7 day stay on this tropical isle was like.

Quick flight from Medan to Banda Aceh, where I shared a tuk-tuk to the ferry with new Aussie pals Marcus and Alicia.


Ferry from Banda Aceh to Pulau Weh (the seas uh, a bit rough…) ;(


My little “Sugar-Shack” overlooking the Indian Ocean (ironically, it was the LAST room “at the inn” on Christmas Eve)


Waking up on Christmas morning (veiled in requisite mosquito netting) But… uh, where’s Santa???


Who says you can’t bring a little bit of “home” no matter where you roam?

Ah yes, Santa DID come to Sumatra!

(leastwise one of his elves managed to smuggle my original childhood Christmas stocking into Indonesia – along with a 40 year-old Christmas card from my parents, and a postcard of my beloved Seattle)

Hey!  There was even a single tangerine (my childhood tradition) in the stocking on Christmas morn!

(mighty diligent little elf!)  😉



My new digs

“Charming” rustic sugar-shacks all well ‘n good for a desperate Christmas Eve, but after 2 days I found a much nicer place for just $7 more per night – right on the water.


(Click on any of the thumbnails to start the slide show…)

Waking up in paradise - on the island of Pulau Weh in Sumatra, Indonesia.

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Off-the-beaten-path travel is my passion,and I’ve always lived life “like-a-kid-in-a-candy-store” – eager to sample as many flavors as I can. Indeed, my life motto has long been: This ain’t a dress rehearsal, folks!

2 Responses to Pulau Weh, Sumatra – at the tippy-top of Indonesia

  1. tolmaus says:

    I am SO enjoying your blog!
    Happy New Year!
    Caroline 🙂

  2. Terrific as usual, great pics, so real and colorful.

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