After a long
overnight trip in the hold of a very hot Chinese freighter, I arrived
with a handful of backpackers on the remote island of Nias, off
the coast of Sumatra. This gentlemen was part of the local 'welcoming
committee'. I have no idea what he was wearing.
Nias has an
interesting history with a bit of cannibalism thrown in for good
measure. Some of the villages are pretty ancient, having been carved
out of rocks eons ago. These talisman or spirit guards can be found
throughout the island. .
is a rare clearing of the jungle and forest, Nias has some beautiful
rice paddies. Transport is difficult around the island. I rented
a motorcycle that only came with a driver. Still, we didn't get
lost too many times.