Mandheling between two earthquakes

January 27, 2017

Life was pretty (ok, REALLY) crazy through December and January so I got a bit behind on posting about our adventures. I’m doing a bit of catch up now. We managed to fit in a quick weekend trip to Medan, Indonesia at the beginning of December. I flew in on my way back from a work trip in Europe and Marcus traveled for the first time on his own with both of the kids there. Medan is the capital of Sumatra, and is a quick (less than an hour) flight from Penang. Because of the time-zone difference, you actually arrive in Medan before you leave Penang. So, we got to do some time-travel on this trip. Our hotel was luxurious – and we had some fun snapping silly selfies in the big comfy beds. I am very jet-lagged here – but oh-so-happy to be back with my sweeties.IMG_20161205_190311931

We managed to visit Medan right in-between two earthquakes in Sumatra. Given that Indonesia as a whole, had 483 earthquakes in the past year, I think that the thing that is remarkable here – is that we managed to visit during a tiny window where there weren’t any earthquakes. It is a sprawling city (low density housing), and we don’t have a lot of photos of our time there… because we struggled finding things that we wanted to photograph. It was not a city that won our hearts.IMG_20161205_121433149

What the trip was about – was coffee. In particular, Sumatran Mandheling and Kopi Luwak. I suppose one of the delightful things about our life right now is that yes – we can pick up and fly to another country… just because of coffee. We visited a fun little coffee house and indulged in treats such as creme brulee coffee.IMG_20161205_170838653

And rich hot chocolate.IMG_20161205_171040960

But the highlight of course, was getting to try Kopi Luwak. If you are unfamiliar with Luwak coffee, to describe it tastefully, the coffee goes through a “special process” that allegedly gives it a milder and allegedly better taste. Said another way, the coffee beans are eaten by a cat-like creature who then poops out the beans, and the beans are collected and turned into (very) expensive coffee. It was a bucket list thing for Marcus to try this coffee… and he got to in Medan.IMG_20161205_171947932

As I said before, Medan did not win our hearts – so we aren’t likely to visit there again. Our weekend there though did make us appreciate how much we love Penang though (we were so glad to get back). IMG_20161205_144535609

 

Kay Green

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Kay Green

Professionally, I am an e-learning instructional designer who breaks down the barriers of space and time in learning. Personally, I'm the Mom in the Little-Green Family, and co-planner in our adventures.

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Lois Meredith

Glad to be hearing from you again. It looks like you’re enjoying yourselves and that’s great.
Also, I think the two younger ones are growing.
Continue having good days.

    Kay Green

    Always good to hear from you Aunt Lois. I think they are growing too 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

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