HERE is a rare beauty of Kota Liwa.
Young folks would easily resemble this misty town with the movie Twilight, while the movie freaks would associate this with David Lynch’s Twin Peaks.
The morning mist in this town creates a gloomy environment, the 2-storey traditional wooden houses on both sides of the road are as flat and grey as the sky above, featureless but for the one word that seems to crop up incessantly. But this is not Forks nor Twin Peaks.
This is Kota Liwa, the capital city of Lambar (Lampung Barat) regency in Lampung, Sumatera. It’s a city that borders Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park and Lake Ranau (the second biggest lake in the island after Toba).
The wild, forested landmass on which Kota Liwa sits might have been creating all the mists from the dusk til dawn. And it’s been a wonderful experience for me to be able to explore some parts of the town and around.
Enjoy the mist.
*on the cover: Lake Ranau and Mount Seminung