"Spirit of the place" Pulau Samosir by Crift
Pulau Samosir Travel Guide: 24 reviews and 57 photos
I visited Samosir island on the October of 1991. I hadn't read "Spirit of the Place" by Durell at the time, but when I did, I knew I had already experienced it in Samosir, among its people, listening to the heavy rainfall at night falling on the bufflalo shaped rooftop of the batak-style bungalow...
I seek this spirit ever since wherever I go.
For me, Samosir was a meeting place. There I met a part of me that I never knew. Manos the seeker, the wanderer... I also met an amazingly entertaining English guy that I consider "kindred spirit" ever since! God bless you, Mark!
- Pros:At the time (October 1991) it was very peaceful and quiet. Batak people are very warm hearted and great musicians, as well!
- Cons:The Batak eat dog meat. They sell that stuff on the Ambarita market. Also, sometimes you can feel the demonic spirit of their covered-up animism religion and old cannibalistic tradition in the air. Respect it and all will be well!
- In a nutshell:Just go and see for yourself
Run by a dutch lady married to a local (sorry, I can't remember her name) this place was THE place to stay in Samosir... more travel advice
The ferries from Parapat to Samosir and around are very, well, exotic but what really killed me was the Indonesian pop... more travel advice
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