Travelog: Watching Pacu Jawi and Playing Princess at Batu Sangkar

From Harau valley I moved out through the cities using the guide with motorbike since its the common transportation with the expertise driver who know the area. It quite cost me but that is the recommended transportation to travel around. I know the guide since he take several guesses to the homestay and he is one of the recommended guide by Ibu Nonik as the owner of the homestay. So he pick me up from the homestay, pack my backpack on the motorbike and off we go.

The cow rider during Pacu Jawi at Batu Sangkar, so many muddy splash
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Travelog: That feeling when you travelling solo

So after two weeks of peacefulness, fun and lots of walks, I realized that traveling around is not easy using a public transportation. You will wait so long to take one. You mostly will be using a rent motorbike or car with the guide which can cost you a bunch if you traveling solo. I only rent a motorbike with the guide few times to explore the Harau Valley to see the hidden waterfall on the corner of valley and learn to play Talempong. And being a local traveler who travelling local also sometimes not easy, they keep refer you from Jakarta once you mention you come from Java island and considered as a rich tourist (sad but true). 

Learning to play talempong a traditional flute from this man on the corner of Harau valley, in a hut above the watery paddy field and fish pond.
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Travelog: Watching Pacu Jawi

One of the newest and excited experience during a stay at Harau Valley is when Yoga, one of the guide at the homestay inform the guests that there is Pacu Jawi on the soccer field at the border of the city. I watch it so many times from the television travel program but never seen it directly so I just jump out to who ever wants to go there to watch 😀

Pacu Jawi at Payakumbuh, West Sumatera
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