Around Bukittinggi

We took a couple rides from Bukittinggi, one of Sumatra's most lively tourist hubs. On the first we searched for the lady Umul, locally famous for her dealings in the defecated beans known as kopi luwak, each and every bean lovingly picked from the excrement of the civet cats that hang around the plantations of Sumatra. We found her and bought some. On the second, we took most of the day to explore the dramatic Harau Valley, an idyllic stretch of rice paddies sandwiched between sheer vertical cliffs. Just as scenic was the afternoon ride back to Bukittinggi when the sun made its first showing.

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