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literally, apart from those who are travelling or those who are gutsy enough to stay out and get drunk in some by the road stores, no one really spends time outside the house in the evening. There is no fancy night life here. bore yarself to death inside yar room or find a way to get entertained wherever yar staying.
One thing that every tourist MUST observe. It isn't just a practice. It is a culture.
Dress Code: no flashing of flesh as this place is culturally conservative.
Updated Jan 18, 2011
What to buy: When you visit Desa Lingga, a villager will show you around the village and explain the history, traditions and architectural style of the traditional houses free of charge. You will then be taken to the village 'office' to sign a record book. In the office are a range of local wood products emblazoned with Karo symbols. These include 'gumbar' - garlic holders used to ward off evil spirits, and 'baluat' - the traditional flutes used by young men to woo young women. Your guide will ask you if you want to purchase one of these products. Prices are fixed, with half going to the craftsperson and half being used as funds to help restore the traditional buildings. If I remember correctly, flutes were 60,000 rupiah and garlic holders were 120,000 rupaih. It can be a little expensive for the budget traveller, but I noted in the record book that some tourists had spent 20,000 on book marks so affordable for all and all for a good cause.
Written Mar 17, 2012
Address: Desa Lingga
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I really enjoyed my time in Berastagi, but travellers need to be aware it can get quite cold. I've travelled a lot throughout Indonesia and Berastagi is probably the coldest place I've been to. Make sure you pack a warm jacket and wet weather gear.
During my trip I was travelling back from Sipiso-piso falls on the back of a motorbike when the rain came teeming down. We were between villages so got soaked very quickly. Fortunately, we spotted a shelter, a storage barn for pumpkin (!) and took cover there along with six other motorcyclists.
It is also important to have some fairly sturdy shoes if you intend to climb one of the volcanoes - it doesn't have to be hiking boots that take up a lot of space in your luggage, but shoes that help prevent slipping on the loose scree. If you intend on doing some jungle trekking in Bukit Lawang or Ketambe, you will probably have shoes for the volcanoes.
Written Mar 17, 2012
Pax et Bonum! (Peace and all that is good!)
On the way to Berastagi from Medan, we came upon an imposing Karo architecture on our right. It is the Catholic Church of St. Francis of Assisi at Berastagi, blessed and opened on February 20, 2005.
It is just less than five minutes before Berastagi. Nice to stop and admire the architecture, the woodcarvings and paintings on the outer church walls and the stained glass windows from the inside.
The gate into the church yard is also built on the same Karo tradition.
Updated Jun 22, 2008