Berastagi Favorite Tips by Bonobo2005
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The Lady having fun
Fondest memory: Travelling by local transport - f.e. bemo -always gives great opportunities to meet and observe local people in a relaxed way.
During one such a ride a tobacco / betelnut chewing women (chin and teeth red) asked for our sunglasses and put them on her nose! And then for joke she didn't want to give them back...We couldn't understand what they said, but the situation in the bemo was hilarious.
These people had a so much different approach then those in the famous / infamous "traditional" villages; it's good to experience!
Kids are fond of poffertjes everywhere on earth
Fondest memory: When walking around the village of Gurusinga, suddenly the "poffertjes" man arrived on his bicycle!
Poffertjes are tiny puff pancakes but different than pancakes. Served with powdersugar and butter they are a real treat in Holland so we were pleasantly surprised to see this man coming during our long walking tour around the villages!
But what happened. The local kids gathered around the man - who began making poffertjes on the back of his bicycle - and almost started a fight about who's first haha, we got no single change to order!
One year away from home, the sweet smell of poffertjes and not possible to obtain any! Well...that's part of harsh travelers life, I guess.
Sinabung Crater, us with professional guide
Fondest memory: I hooked up with some other travellers to climb Mt. Sinabung. We had called a local teacher, who - according to an advertisement - offered free guideservice in exchange of patiently practising English.
One hour late, two 14 year old little boyish schoolkids finally showed up who had never been on the mountain before. Dressed in their best outfits and terribly scared for gangs of local Medan youth, who apparently visit this area in the weekends.
Instead of having a guide, we had to guide THEM, and of course not to the very demanding Mt. Sinabung summit. Moreover there was no time enough anymore anyway!
We had decide to postpone the climb to next day. Instead we took them for a 4 hour walk to visit the villages of Gurusinga and Lingga, to return by bemo back to Berastagi.
Well, It was a nice day after all!
kids in front of their home
Fondest memory: We did 2 nice daytrips to visit some villages in the countryside around Berastagi.
Only the first was intended however!
Two local girls, that I met near the hot springs at the foot of Mt. Sibayak the day before, voluntarily guided me to Kabanjahe market, Dolok village and the spectacular viewpoint called Gundaling Hill.
These girls were truly amazing and helpful, although they hadn't been to Dolok Village before and were actually as shy as I was when there...
In the end the Dolok Village was the least pleasant experience of the day. The introduction to local food and the fun we had were much more memorable!
Fondest memory: In and around Berastagi every single kid say "Hello Mister", "Thank You", "Bye Bye", you hear it almost everywhere you walk.
After a while it can become a little bit annoying, but try not to forget to smile and/or say something back.
I'm sure you will enjoy the happy faces!
Favorite thing: The markets in and around Berastagi are colourful, busy and rich. All kinds of delicious fruits are available in really unbelievable numbers.
These markets are also THE place to have lunch or one of these typically Indonesian snacks like martabak manis, pisang goreng or es campur.
Of course you'll find odd things as well: on the picture you see living Teletubbies, or painted chicks with a life expectation of only 5 days. Very popular amongst schoolkids...
If you're fond of markets, visit the one in Kabanjahe as well, which is the regional centre of the Karo.
Beware of buying meatdishes if you don't like dogmeat, though!
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