When a friendly young man wanting to exercise his English struck up a conversation with us, the topic was somehow steered to durian (smells like an obsession, eh?). We learned that everyone agrees the most delicious durian is from Parongil, a nearby village. We got excited, feeling we'd caught the the stinky sweet scent of adventure, and decided to investigate. We packed up our bags and headed for the bus station.
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In Medan we asked every durian hawker we came across “Where are these durians from?” Without fail they replied, “Sidikalang!” A man explained to me that in villages like Sidikalang everyone has a durian tree. There are durian trees all along the roadsides and many people sell durian in their front yards. It sounded picturesque and relaxing. So after our somewhat disappointing trip to Bukit Lawang, we decided to get down to business and head to the source.