Wandering Thoughts

February 6, 2009

Momentum

Filed under: Ramblings and Musings — terence @ 7:04 pm

bridge

Momentum carried us over the coconut tree bridges.

It began to build a week before, with the flight to Kuala Lumpur. It stalled while we waited for boards lost in transit and returned on the night train to Penang. It carried us over the straits of Malacca in a ferry full of puking backpackers. And it bore us past Lake Toba, down to the sweaty sea at Sibolga. It got us past the larcenous ticket touts and onto the boat to Gunungsitoli. And it got us through the night listening to the half-veiled woman who told us they practiced witchcraft at our destination.

It got us to the village at the end of the road.

We couldn’t stop then, so we paid twice the going rate to convince a captain to take us out into a rising storm. A bonus for the hammering of the waves, and for ending our journey, damp but there, on an Island of a thousand palms, a million mosquitoes, a handful of puffed up surfers and one very good surf spot.

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