NORTH BY NORTH­WEST

AN AD­VEN­TURE IN ACEH AS TOLD BY FOODIE-CUMFAMILY MAN, WILL MEYRICK

hellobali - - WHERE.THERE’S.AWILL -

Last time I was in Aceh in­stead of head­ing to Sa­bang as planned I was run­ning down the wind­ing stairs of the Her­mes Palace Ho­tel with my “not so young any­more” mother. It was 2008 and an earth­quake mea­sur­ing 8.9 on the Richter scale was shak­ing the north­ern re­gion, pul­sat­ing through the ground. Now over eight years later I’m back, this time with new plans and a full com­pli­ment of fam­ily: three kids and my wife. We are at the same ho­tel, the Her­mes Palace, only briefly, since we are head­ing to the is­land of Sa­bang, In­done­sia’s most north­ern point. But we take our time look­ing around.

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