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 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Nice shot of the village with the mountain behind it Ian. Greetings Berend
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.
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.
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.
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 ~~~~~~~~~~~~
Chatting is a pretty good way to earn a living or to pass the time. Thanks for appreciating my chats, Maja. ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ Ian
I am the one to be thankful Ian ~~~~~ Maja ~~~
~~~well that makes two of us who feel privileged.
~~~ Ian ~~~
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Photo taken in Jl. Pulau Samosir, Simanindo, Samosir, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia
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