Banda Aceh, Indonesia

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Banda Aceh, Indonesia - Juanny in Banda Aceh

Banda Aceh!!!  Finally, we made it!!!  It’s unbelievable!!!!!

After such a long and trying journey here, we were certainly relieved to have arrived at our destination!

Now, having experienced what we had, we realized that we made a HUGE mistake by choosing a visa for one week.  It was simply not enough, especially considering our chosen method of transport. 

Hitchhiking is very time-consuming, and despite the fact that it worked incredibly well here, we just didn’t have enough time to properly take in everything the country has to offer.

Yes we had some great experiences with the locals, mainly the drivers who helped us out along the way, as we struggled to reach Banda Aceh. 

Still, I’m a little bummed that we couldn’t have spent more time learning about this country, its culture, and its people.

Banda Aceh, Indonesia - Les bateaux de pecheurs

One thing’s for sure, in Sumatra, the Muslim presence is surely felt.  Not a bad thing at all, of course.

The exposure we did have was actually quite interesting.  Not once, did we feel afraid or discriminated against, apart from being overcharged at times!!  :(

I think both of us came out of here, knowing who and who wasn’t a Muslim in the French football team.  Pretty funny, actually. 

Practically every time we sat to have a bite to eat, we were approached by smiling, curious faces, who before we knew it, were naming each football player who was a Muslim!!!  Crazy!!

As for Banda Aceh, it wasn’t exactly what I’d imagined, but still it was nice to have had the opportunity to come here.

The devastation that took place here nearly 4 years ago can still be seen, as you get closer to the sea.

Banda Aceh, Indonesia - Fishing boats

And, fortunately, the folks here have hung in there, always staying positive and looking forward not backwards, in hopes for a better future.

All in all, Indonesia is a culturally-rich country with so much to offer.  And the little that we did see of it was truly memorable. 

So now, it’s back on the road again, if we want to make it to Medan to make our plane!!!

Finalement après 4 jours et demi, on arriva enfin sur le sol de Banda Aceh, assez fatigué, éprouvé par ce séjour du combattant.

On se prit donc une nuit d’hôtel, après 4 nuits sous la tente, on le méritait bien !!

On prit donc le temps le lendemain d’aller voir la plage, se promener et bien sûr pour moi de nager dans cette mer turquoise.

Mais de nouveau le temps nous était compté. Il fallait rebrousser chemin pour prendre l’avion à Medan pour la Malaisie.

J’avoue une semaine fut insuffisant pour bien s’imprégner de la culture Indonésienne.

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