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The puppy - by Neve

I have a puppy. I snuggled a puppy, and the puppy snuggled me, I had to give it away.
I gave it to a woman, and I was sad to give it a away, I might never see it again, it had 7 other brothers and sisters.

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The Homestay

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We left the Eco Travel cottages at 9 in the morning for our 2 hour hike to the homestay. On our way there we held a cameleon that we found drowing in the gutter we also saw a pig farm sampled freshly picked cocoao (we didnt realy eat the bean we ate the sweet slimey white stuff around it) and caught some cool caterpillars rolled up in banana leaves. Then we finaly got there and it was a small shak with a family of 4 living in it. And to our suprise the place had a wifi tower and a TV. And there were also 2 kids named Depa the boy who was 6 and Mala the girl who was 15. The kids were fun and nice we played soccer fed a neighbors pet monkey and went to the candy shop it was so much fun!!!

That evening we went eel fishing in the rice fields that surounded us for miles.

Eel catching

First you have to catch minnos for bait. Then you find an eel hole in the mud that isint old ( you can tell by putting your finger in it and if the hole is clogged it is no good). Then you stick in the hook with the minnow on it and twirl it around and around and if your lucky you will see the water rising and then you feel a hard jurk that indicates that youve caught an eel.

Once our eel was cooked it was time to dig in and it didnt taste like fish at all more like chicken. Then it was time for us to leave to go to Beristagi, famous for fruit and vegetable growing. On our only day in Barastagi we climbed up Mt Sibayak, it is an extremely cool active volcano where we cooked eggs in hot water in the crater and i collected real sulphur crystals. The next day on our way to lake toba we went to a little town to learn about Batak houses, 150 year old still standing and in perfect condition aboriginal houses where 8 families live together and cook with fire inside to prevent termites. Four hours drive after that and a ferry ride across the lake to an island we finaly got here at lake toba the largest lake in asia which was actually made from the crater of a giant volcano eruption.
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Jungle trek Jungle trek in Bukit Lawang

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We have been doing lots of fun things in the jungle in Sumatra

1. The elephants.

It was 8 in the morning we were rushing about because we had to leave at 9 but we made it on time and we were of on our two hour drive to the national park after 2 hours we finaly got there and we went straight to this place called mega inn and we had a dilicious lunch of white rice potato cakes and collyflour curry. After lunch we went for a little swim in a hot spring but the bad news our camera is broken. i think the hot water had an effect on the seals. Then we went for a bath in the waterfall Then we went to see the elephants and we got to ride them! At first we were riding on a saddle then i got to ride on the head the hair felt like a tooth brush and it tickled my legs then we got to the ranger station then it was time to wash them. Once we were finished it was time for the elephants to give us a shower then we had to say goodbye to the elephants and hello to the long drive home.

2. Jungle trekking.

3 days later we went on our two day jungle trek. When we first got to the other side of the river, we went to the feeding platform and saw a mommy orangutan with a baby and a 8 year old (orangutans abandon their moms at age 7). Then we walked on and at the top of the hill we were having lunch and our guide got us a tortoise out of the bushes and we fed him some pineapple then it was time to move on and at the bottom of the hill we got our surprise there were black gibbons and our guide said that they had not seen them for 2 months. We were also half an hour away from our camp and on the steep desent to our camp we spotted an other orangutan and it was a mommy with a 2 week old baby. then our guides fed it some sugar cane and i maneged to mooch 2 peices of it! Then we finally were at our camp and i found that we were sleeping in a shack with a mosquito net and a sleeping bag. In the morning we had breakfast, went for a swim at the water fall and on the rock around the water falls there were black toads and boy were they cool. Then it was time to come down the river on a raft made of tubes linked together back to town and that was fun.

3 The snake man.

That night we were going out on a a trip to see venomus snakes. Our guide was called Upil and he was a real snake man he had big mustles and skars and cobra bites all over him. we first started going on our side of the river but no snakes so we went to the park on the other side of the river and within 10 minutes we saw our first snake. It was a green viper or moon snake we walked on and within 10 minuts we had 3 moon snakes 1 rainbow snake and lots of frogs on our list then as we were walking along we saw a cameleon we walked a bit further and spoted a praying mantis and it was cool its claws were sharp like knives.

It is so unfair because when Neve and me are walking down the street everybody is saying pretty girl pretty girl to Neve and guess what i get NOTHING!!!! And my dad enbareses me infront of everyone by calling me James Bond. So our guides call me James Bond!

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What is that orange fuzzy creature oh its an Orangutan!

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We are now in Indonesia. When we first arived in Medan I though Medan was the crazyest city i have ever saw it had 5 million peple and the traffic was crazy it took us 3 hours to get across it. After our half hour flight from Penang. It was noon but we had a 5 hour drive to Bukit Lawang. When we finaly got here we still had to walk through the village to get to our hotel. Our bed has a mosquito net. I don't really like it because i get tangled up in it like a fly in a spiders web. Our balcony also has a hammok and now there is constant combat with Neve over it.

Bukit Lawang is a peacful little village beside the river and is the best place in the world to see wild orangutans. The next day we had to get up at 7 30 in the morning and by 8 30 we were ready to go on our tour to see the orangutans. We crossed the river in a raft and sure enough we saw an orangutan within the first half hour. Then it was orangutan feeding time but only 1 orangutan and fifty long tailed mekaks (another kind of monkey). We also saw baboons, tomas leaf monkeys and lots and lots of termites but we had to be careful because the trail was a clay path and was extremely slippery. We hiked with our guide Kembar for 3 more hours and saw 5 more orangutans.

There are only 7000 orangutans left in the wild and we saw 6 of them. It is like that because peple take them as pets and tney have lost too much habitat to palm oil plantaitions so check your food and don't buy it if it contains palm oil. Orangutans have 96.4 percent human genes.the other 3.6 percent must be the genes for swinging around and eating ants.


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The Sleeper Train

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By James: we got on the train at 10 at night we had second class beds at the back of the train. We were on the train for 8 and a half hours so we didint have much stuff and it was quite late so we slept and only woke to the jerk when the train stopped at a staition we got off at 5 in the morning but we still had to catch a ferry to Georgetown and i didint now what to do i was so bored intil i noticed these white dots in the water and then noticed that they wre not white dots they were jelly fish and not only jellyfish they were box jellyfish the most venenymos kind of jelly fish in the world one sting is enouf to kill 10 adults and i spent the rest of my time counting them for this blog and i counted 40 that is a lot of jellyfish for such a small area.

When we finaly got to the other side it was 7 in the morning and we still had to find our hotel or gest house by the time we found it and trust me it wasint easy it ws 8 in the morning. We went to our room and slept for an hour then got up for brecfast and it was dilicius! they had lokal sweets and i dont now why but they also had noodles and seafood. After that we went to the escape park. A big park just like galaxy land exept replace the rides with ziplines and trapezes and then put it outside. There was a discovery dig, a toob ride, underground mazes, a trampoline and best of all lots of ziplines.

By Arin: our second stop in Malaysia is the UNESCO city of Georgetown. It is yet another site of British colonisation and hopefully our last for awhile, i feel as though our trip has been a been a tour of the history of colonialism in the South Pacific! Anyhow, the people are lovely, they fawn over the kids, and its so easy because most speak English. Penang (the larger city encompassi g Georgetown) has been super hot and spicy...We have enjoyed the variety of delicious and affordable meals, we've had indian, chinese and malay foods so far and the only time it came to more than $10 for all of us was when we had pizza. In general we are happy with Malaysian prices - compared to New Zealand and Ausralia it seems cheap! We could not have afforded a place like Escape there, but here it was about $25 each for the whole day on all of the challenges!The old city is a bit crazy with traffic and erratic sidewalks but exciting to try and navigate. Temples are on every corner along with hawker food stands. Weve now visited a hindu and a buddist temple and are looking forward to a mosque. They are so very grand and interesting and have sparked great conversations with the kids about world religions. All in all a good introduction to asia.
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