Backpacking again.

Pulau Weh: I had gone here with the intention to stay just 4 days. I ended up staying 4 months. I had started diving here. I had finished my Dive master course here. I had “worked” as a guide here afterwards (free diving and nasi but no payment). I fell in love with diving here. but by now,… Read More »

Diving on Pulau Weh.

So here I was, on the ferry to Weh island, or Pulau Weh. As I had mentioned in my earlier post, I had planned to go here for just a few days; 4, maybe 5 max… I ended up staying almost 4 months. Pulau Weh is famous for diving. It is supposed to be one of the best… Read More »


I left Pematang Siantar early in the morning to go to Medan/Bintang, from where I would take a bus to Bukit Lawang. As usual, buses are packed with luggage stowed and secured on the roof. On the bus I met someone who works as a guide in Bukit Lawang. This is quite common actually. In any place that… Read More »

Pematang Siantar.

The next morning my friend came to pick me up. We first walked around Medan a little bit, then she took me to a taxi station and we took a taxi back to Pematang Siantar. They make it a habit in here to stuff as many people as possible into a vehicle, just like in Sri Lanka. But… Read More »

Being connected.

Early in the morning I took a tuk tuk to the airport, and from there I took a flight to Kuala Lumpur, from which I would fly onwards to Medan in Sumatera. But before I would take my flight from Kuala Lumpur to Medan, I would have to wait quite a few hours. So I strolled around the… Read More »

Perraherra in Hikkaduwa.

During the first few weeks I had gotten close to someone from Ambalangoda, and I promised her I would come see her and her family before I left Sri Lanka. Because Ambalangoda has no guest-houses (not that I am aware of) I stayed in Hikkaduwa, which is a tourist place and so it has several to choose from.… Read More »

Clubbing in Colombo.

A little while before I started backpacking I had signed up on, to meet new people, make new friends, and maybe save some money on accommodations every now and then. So I was traveling around Sri Lanka, and I wanted to see if I could meet some people. There was someone in Kandy who contacted me, but… Read More »

Poson Poya in Anuradhapura.

When I left Dambulla I hadn’t booked anything in Anuradhapura yet. So far I had hardly ever used any place I had booked because I found cheaper and/or better places (I do usually have the courtesy to call them though…) It was off-season so there are always guest-houses available and you can bargain a little for the price.… Read More »