Was SJ 010, Sriwijaya Air’s morning flight using BOEING 737-900ER which took me to “Kota Melayu Deli” (other name of Medan). Amazing journey which was actually unplanned. It is different from my habits when traveling abroad with making detail itinerary since a year before the trip is executed.
Starting from a taunting every morning in my beloved office, who is always me as victim. “Achh….you don’t love our country and always go abroad. Our country is beautiful, why do you have to go abroad?“. Even though they who spoke it also rarely went on picnics everywhere….Hahaha.
This trip was also obsessed because of another tickling event. Starting from planning to go with marketing friends to Toba Lake, which is always planned at the end of every year. Even three years have passed or arguably until I have explored more than ten nations, it was never realized.
Yes, such it, sometimes friends have passion just on their lips. So if I don’t do the action by myself, I will never go to outside of Jakarta.
The end of October is time when I get an additional 5 days leave. This is a benefit which I got since I was become a supervisor in my office. Somehow, the discussion about Toba Lake at Thursday morning briefing made me curious to open a ticket search site.
Following my fingers which kept dancing on keypad, I was anesthetized because I suddenly had ended the payment gate session on website and then bringing a Cengkareng-Kualanamu e-ticket for USD 40.8. Damn, travel maniac….I had to get ready for next 18 days to explore Sumatra island.
Now I would be the first marketer in my office who would see beauty of Toba Lake. No need to plan a lot, didn’t need to say much….Just go whatever you want, Donny!
I hope that after returning from Sumatra expedition, my friends wouldn’t say that I don’t love my own country.
And you need to know, this trip started from Medan and would end in Padang. After returning home, I would be dubbed as a crazy traveler for the first time by all friends in office….Wow.
I didn’t deliberately land in Silangit because my strong desire felt exploration of North Sumatra mainland to see its nature and mingled with unique local people from the various stories which I heard.
My furthest exploration on Sumatra island so far only reached the edge of Martapura city, South Sumatra. But that wasn’t in traveling, but only to fulfill my duty when I was a freshwater fish sales many years ago.
There was one interesting comment on my social media when I just landed in Kualanamu. “Bro Donny, He always work hard and travel harder“….Looked like I have to accept that jargon from my friend.
Just like a dream, finally being able to visit North Sumatra. One thing that was never thought of before. It must be like that to explore the beauty of Indonesia. No need to think a long, just go….If lost, it won’t far from home….Hahaha.
You can see its video here: https://youtu.be/3Bwjm3VULPc