Passenger Ferries at Tomok, Samosir Island, Lake Toba, Indonesia

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Maja Weidemueller on July 25, 2010

Human daily life, crowded, busy, divers ~ and above it, eternal, generous shapes, eternity ~ fine picture and a fine message as well my dear Ian ~ thanks for sharing ~ if you have the time, any information on the place would be most welcome ~ take care ~ love ~ Maja ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

bdeh on July 26, 2010

Nice shot of the village with the mountain behind it Ian. Greetings Berend

jeff_msn123 on July 26, 2010

Nice shot.

Cheers, Jeff

Ian Stehbens on July 29, 2010

Dear Maja,

To understand this place, this marvellous place I think one must understand three distinctives: the cataclysmic series of volcanic events that created the physical landscape (and I have referred to that with a link in an earlier image); the Batak culture of the local people - Batak Toba; the history of German Christian mission to the area and the subsequent almost universal engagement in Christianity.

Before the collapse of Asian currencies, this was a popular international tourism area - popular with Dutch, Germans, Singaporeans and Australians - but then the industry collapsed and now the many hotels are trying to operate on the domestic tourism market.

It is an idyllic environment of high altitude equatorial climate - constantly mild temperatures in 20s C.

In 2000, when I was last here I visited the Ambarita School on Samosir Island and still treasure the photos and the singing of the children. This time, I was only able to make a short visit in the late afternoon after the school had closed for the day. But it was a joy to be there, nonetheless.


Ian Stehbens on July 29, 2010

Greetings Berend.

This is a place for you to visit. And while I was here many many homes were flying the NL flag, emotionally supporting NL successes at the World Cup.



Ian Stehbens on July 29, 2010

Thanks indeed, Jeff. Put Samosir Island and Lake Toba on a future itinerary. You will not be disappointed and it is very accessible from Singapore.


Maja Weidemueller on September 4, 2010

Thank you for the information on this interesting spot ~ as every spot is interesting a soon as you start to learn about it ~ you are lucky to experience all this ~ so happy for you dear one ~ take care ~ love ~ Maja ~~~~~~~~~~~~

Ian Stehbens on September 18, 2010

Chatting is a pretty good way to earn a living or to pass the time. Thanks for appreciating my chats, Maja. ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ Ian

Maja Weidemueller on September 18, 2010

I am the one to be thankful Ian ~~~~~ Maja ~~~

Ian Stehbens on September 19, 2010

~~~well that makes two of us who feel privileged.

~~~ Ian ~~~

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Photo taken in Jl. Pulau Samosir, Tomok, Simanindo, Kabupaten Samosir, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia

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