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I dreamed, I'm there! Pulau Weh is a small Indonesian island located on the northern tip of Sumatra. The region is known as Banda Aceh, which was devastated during the tsunami of December 2004. Pulau Weh is not very touristy and famous for its underwater world.
Five years after the tsunami
The island is on the border of the Indian Ocean and the Andaman Sea, just in the extension of the islands Nicobar and Andaman (which I will surely visit one day, later ...).
When the water retreated in the distance, a sign of an imminent wave, the people of Pulau Weh were able to take refuge in the heights. Apparently, some knew the phenomenon and alerted others of the danger.
A little more than five years after the disaster, the city of Banda Aceh, the regional capital, is rebuilt. With a lot of ugly concrete adorned with gaudy advertising signs (as in so many other Indonesian cities), as I have seen by going to change money before taking the ferry ... Life has resumed in North Sumatra. The separatist movement is no longer relevant and visitors are starting to return.
Pulau Weh, a very quiet island
Pulau Weh has the effect of being very quiet. Only two ATMs (ATMs) in the town of Sabang.
On the road between the pier and Gapang Beach (where I chose to land), we see bands of monkeys, cows and goats on a spree, dogs, chickens and children crossing everywhere, no matter how ... Ah, the Indonesian roads! ! !
Before leaving, I gleaned a lot of information on travel forums. And this recent trip report, on the excellent Transverse notebooks, made me want ...
I contacted the diving center Lumba Lumba, held by a Dutch couple. This is where I am installed.
Their bungalows are top. And the mention "free wireless internet in the rooms" more than tickled me, I must say ... 😜
They too had to rebuild everything after the tsunami. In the photo below, the white line that we see on the windows of the floor is the level that the water has reached ...
I have not explored the island much this Monday. I mostly spent my day sleeping ... The jet lag and the tiredness of the trip got the better of me.
But I managed nevertheless to make some images of my immediate environment, at the end of the day. And found the simple pleasure of smiling ... in response to the smiles that people spontaneously send to you as greetings, when they cross you.