“TOURIST!!” As the only white person within 100km, Rosie is proving to be quite the attraction. As I stop by a shop to buy another bottle of water she has caused yet another traffic jam on the main road of Kersik Tuo village. Children giggle and people are getting out of their cars to take photos with this blonde haired stranger. A day in the life of Kim Kardashian, but a very different experience for someone who hasn’t showered in 3 days.
Our long weekend escapade to climb Mt Kerinci was an unexpected eye opening cultural experience. While the mountain was fantastic and beautiful, the local people were the most memorable. So relaxed, un-rushed and without constant yearning for bank balance boost or new clothing purchase. A far cry from Singapore and a restorative new perspective on a culture with an infectious, life-loving attitude.
Written by Jeff
For those in Singapore, sick of heading to Bangkok every 6 weeks for a “getaway”, a great travel hack is to take the early morning ferry to Batam Center and take a 20min taxi to Batam International airport. This really opens up your options for cheap intra-Indonesia flights.
To get to Kerinci, we flew to Padang from Batam and organised a driver to Kersik Tuo through our wonderful guide Endatno Een (look him up). He took us up the next day to his private little campsite at 3000m before summiting and returning the next day. A fantastic guide who made us feel like VIP guests the whole trip!