Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Postcard from Mentawai

Apart from being the place with some of the best surf in the entire world, Mentawai is also a place to visit for enthusiastic adventurous travelers.  The  Mentawai are a tribe living in the remote rainforest of Siberut, the largest and northernmost of the Mentawai Archipelago about 150 km west of Sumatera, Indonesia.  The People of Mentawai have been living on 4 big islands, Siberut, North Pagai, South Pagai and Sipora.  The people live close to nature and isolated, and are characterized by their strong sense of animist spirituality. They have their own distinct language, culture and religion.

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I set off for Mentawai with the usual feeling I get before any of my trips, unexpectedness and a sense of the unknown. I left Padang's Bungus port at night and took the ferry called Ambu-ambu, this does not run every day, and departs from Padang's Bungus port for Mentawai's capital, Tuapejat  in Sipora district, with fares starting at IDR 100.000. The journey by boat takes around 10 hours, so be prepared. There are only a few cabins inside so you have to book unless you want to stand all night long in economy class where there is not even room to sit down. There are no signs of any stop over and the journey seems like eternity. 

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Day 7
whatever road I travel, it always leads back to you

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