Padang is another dusty Sumatran city with no sights but with a reputation for its great food. On arrival we spotted a wedding. I put on my best shirt (well, the only one I have) and we approached the event in the usual way, wandering around till someone invites us. Once again, it worked.
The food was delicious, the people very friendly and we even got the wedding gift. Booze was missing though as they were Muslim.
Rides on Padang opelets (shared taxis) are quite fun, most of them have a lot of tuning with huge speakers inside. The drivers’ music choice + lights + loud volume makes you feel like in a mobile disco.
There are a lot of obstacles. It is not possible to walk a few meters without anyone asking you for pictures with them, trying to help you to reach your destination, looking for a small chat or simply greeting the bule. We are getting used to the “rock star” status in Sumatra.