Hilarious name, boring place.
Fort De Kock is the old Dutch fort on top of the hill in Bukittinggi. I wasn’t too interested but decided to check it out since it was so close to the Orchid hotel in Bukittinggi. I needed a day off from motorbiking last Monday the 13th after my marathon trip to Lake Maninjau on Sunday.
One good thing did come of my time at Fort De Kock, though. I bumped into another traveller, who I’ll call P because I didn’t ask permission to use his name here. P is from Quebec. He’s been retired for several years and spends a lot of time traveling now. P had already met A, a local Indonesian college student, searching the park for foreigners to practice English. So I spoke with both of them for a few minutes and we hit it off, plus I had been alone for several days so it was just nice to talk to anybody. P felt the same, and the three of us ended up spending the next few days together. Sometimes the locals trying to practice English can be annoying, but A was a super nice guy and he was a pleasure to have along.
So from Fort De Kock, the three of us set off and saw a bit more of Bukittinggi that day.
Over dinner, we decided to head out to A’s village the next day to meet his family and tour the countryside near Bukittinggi.
I’m getting behind on my blogging now, so a quick update: I’m still in the Harau Valley and loving it. Lots of hiking here, I’m getting to know some of the trails well. I have to travel quite a ways to get to a computer from where I’m staying (which doesn’t even have electricity), so I’ve been slow with blogging and communication in general. I fly out of Sumatra on Friday morning from the Padang airport to Kuala Lumpur. I think I’ll take a day before then to relax back in Bukittinggi and catch up with blogging.