We quickly forgot our Pekanbaru experience. Sumatra was easier travel, less crowded and I didn’t have my daughter counting down the days till our return any more. She appeared to enjoy the experiences as much as me.
I found the Minangkabau people of the region fascinating. They didn’t look much different from Indonesians elsewhere. It was their matrilineal society that raised my curiosity.
We visited a 300 year-old house close to Pandai Sikek Village that had been passed down from mother to daughter over the generations. The grandmother, who owned the house and her grandchildren greeted us as we climbed the precarious steps. The woven floor was a little unnerving, giving with our careful steps, but the atmosphere was friendly.