Indonesian Ladies

Indonesian Ladies

As the ship docked on Belawan, Indonesian, these pretty ladies danced to music along the docks, welcoming the visitors. I left the port with 6 other people for an excursion to Lake Toba and the island of Samosir in northern Sumatra. The country of Indonesia consists of 17,500 islands and is the fourth largest country in the world with a population of over 250,000 million. Bali and Java are in Indonesia. The trip to the lake was long, about six hours, and we drove through large plantations of bananas, tea, coffee and rubber, many of which are owned by foreign investors. As we entered the hills, lush tropical forests with monkeys dominated the roadside. Lake Toba and Samosir Island are home to the Batak people, a tribe that was formerly cannibal. Today they are mostly Christian. They rejected the Muslim religion because it forbade them eating dog and pig. Today they still eat dogs and pigs. The lake and island were beautiful. The Batak people were friendly and I took a boat to the island and visited some tombs, shopped in the bazaar and had a light lunch. The lake is volcanic and the largest lake in Indonesia. Reasonably priced resorts line the lake and it is a nice tourist destination. The long trip back to the ship was arduous.