After we arrived at Pangkalan Bun to start our orangutan adventure, it was about a 30 minute drive to Kumai, where we boarded our klotok for our trip. I was dying to have a bit of a look round, but apart from firing off a couple of quick photos, I didn't get a chance for a better look around until we had finished our three days on the river.
Kumai was delightful. I loved the brightly painted houses, and the locals were absolutely charming and so friendly. I had run both my camera batteries flat zooming in on the wildlife over the previous couple of days, but Adri kindly lent me her spare while I wandered the streets.
|A beautiful birdcage hung between two riverside houses|
|Mie Ayam - a chicken noodle stand|
|A trio of very enthusiastic subjects|
|Gado-gado is a traditional Indonesian vegetable salad served with peanut sauce|
|These lovely ladies were making banana fritters|
|This lady looked a little stern, but she was very happy with her photo and kindly agreed to another.|
|Typical for their age, these girls were a combination of coyness and giggles.|
|Love these beautiful colours against the blue.|
|The pink flowering plant in front of this house and below is a euphorbia.|
|I liked this lime and rose combination for a bit of a change.|
My final images of Kumai are from our klotok, and there is a fascinating explanation behind the featureless buildings that line the riverfront. They are roosting houses for swifts, whose nests are harvested and sold to be used in birds' nest soup.
|There were dozens of swifts nests under the balcony on this building but our guide told us that they were a different kind of swift to those nesting inside the buildings.|
|A fabulous work in progress looking almost like Noah's ark|
So I bid a very fond farewell to Kumai and its wonderful inhabitants, and hopefully too, farewell to my photography and camera woes (sorry about the date stamps!) In my next few posts, I will be returning to my gardening blogging roots (pun intended!) and have some real botanical treats in store for you.