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7480 km: Mamma says Hello!

"Nora's place", is what someone recommended to us for our stay at Bukit Lawang, it should be easy to find...

Well we ended up at Nora's place indeed, though it turned out that Nora had opended up another hostel right on the river a bit further down the road. Anyway we stayed at Nora's with a lovely old lady for the night. With her few words of English she made us feel really at home, and we had a few good laughs. The next morning we told her that we wanted to go to the other place close to the river, and she said: "Mamma go later, you follow"... so yeah, who is this Mamma?...Soon it became clear that this sweet lady was referring to herself, and that we had become part of a huge family. Within 24 hours we got to know Nora (the owner) her Mother aka Mamma, 1 brother, 3 cousins, and a whole lot of friends.

Wietske said something about some veggies in the garden and Mamma replied: "Mamma buy for you tommorow"

So there we were on a fast flowing river in the middle of the Jungle supposedbly filled with Orang Utangs. And yes, after we had a swim in the river, had some good lucnh, cousin #3 came over and told us that 2 Orang Utangs were having a bath in the river... a fantastic sight! Funny though that although Orang Utang is a Malaysian / Indonesian word (Man of the Forrest), they use another word in Indonesian for the animal....sometimes you wonder why they make everything so confusing....

We had a trekking through the jungle the next day, and yes...the Junlge was full of monkeys, some are "semi-wild", that have been "rescued" and re-introduced to the wild. These Monkeys are not afraid at all, some even a bit aggressive, though there are still quite a lot that are truly wild and keep there distance.

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Having dinner at night we heard someone shout: "Hey Belanda (Dutchie), you want massage?", we said no, then came: " Never try, never know, cheaper here then in Holland".... well good sales pitch but not for me.

After dinner Mother left on the back of a motorcycle of cousin #1, with the the words: "Mamma leaving now, say hello to family"

Posted by HoYing 07:07 Archived in Indonesia

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