Medan – Polonia International Aiport
Medan to Bukit Luwang...a long but pleasant drive (2nd May)
After several chaotic flights from Bangkok, explained in a previous blog, we finally arrived in Medan, Sumatra. Sorted our visa, grabbed our luggage and sent a text to the organisers of our accommodation and lift to let them know we had arrived. They were running late as thought we would only land later that afternoon. Wasn't a bad thing though as it meant we could slow down a tad given the start of our day.
Walked around the airport to find something to eat, the equivalent of a MacDonald's (I know, poor form given we had come here to experience the local culture...but we were already all spiced out). Had a burger and some curly fries before deciding to head outside to wait.
Approached by many taxi operators offering us their services...didn't bother us though as they were very polite and friendly and didn't push us when we said we were waiting for someone. Rach was even approached by a couple school children who wanted to practice their English...referring to a little notepad of memory aids.
Eventually we were approached by a man carrying a piece of paper with Rachel's name on it...Iwan, a kind, humble and smiley man that would be chaperoning us whilst in Bukit Luwang. He took us to the car, a large people carrier with the air condition on full, where our driver, Otung, was waiting.
Iwan's English was limited, but Otung was well versed in the language which helped avoid a 6 hour quiet journey. We talked about Sumatra, the people, the culture, the food....coupled with intermittent naps of course, given the day's earlier events. Next stop, Bukit Luwang.