Hari telah berganti hari. bulan pun berubah pula. tak terasa kita sudah berada di penghujung tahun 2018. biasanya diakhir tahun beberapa jenis tanaman menghasilkan buah yang banyak. salah satunya adalah pohon durian. di beberapa sudut pasar tradisional di kota banda aceh, mulai terlihat para pedagang durian. dengan mobil pick up nya di tepian jalan. Harum semerbak buah durian tentu saja sangat memancing selera.

Akan tetapi serasa kurang puas bila hanya mencicipi buah nan manis ini di suasana perkotaaan, ingin rasanya menikmatinya langsung dari perkebunan durian. salah satu perkebunan durian yang lumayan dekat dengan kota banda aceh adalah perkampungan lam sujen, aceh besar. butuh waktu sekitar satu jam lebih sedikit agar dapat mencapai lokasi dataran tinggi tersebut dari kota banda aceh. dengan ditemani beberapa kawan lama, kami menuju lokasi dengan memakai kendaraan roda empat.

Hari itu cuaca cukup cerah, langit begitu biru tiada awan yang menggantung. Jalanan yang kami lalu cukup bagus karena masih beraspal mulus dan, mobil dapat melaju dengan kencang saat jalanan lurus, namun saat harus melewati tikungan yang berada di pegunungan paro kecepatan harusla disesuaikan. selain banyak tikungan patah, sering dijumpai juga truk berbada lebar dan panjang menelusuri kaki pegunungan tersebut.

ketika lokasi yang kami tuju mulai mendekat, mobil pun berjalan melambat. karena akan memasuki wilayah perkampungan lam su jen.jalanan diperkampungan ini pun sudah beraspal, walaupun tidak selebar jalanan utama tadi. disini telah disediakan tempat yang cukup lebar sehingga dapat menampung puluhan mobil. jadi tidak perlu khawatir mengenai lokasi perparkiran. disekitaran lokasi parkiran ini terdapat banyak warung atau pun lapak durian. tinggal dipilih saja, duduk santai dimana, sambil memesan durian dan beberapa makanan kecil lainnya.

Akan tetapi kami tidak hendak memarkirkan kendaraan disini, kami melanjutkan perjalanan lebih ke atas. setelah area perparkiran ini, jalanan tidak beraspal, akan tetapi masih bisa dilalui kendaraan sekelas avanza. setelah sekitar sepuluh hingga limabelas menit kami berhenti di sebuah warung, karena setelah warung tersebut jalanan agak susah dilewati kendaraan roda empat kecuali kendaraan offroad, seperti milik para juragan kebun durian.

Di warung ini ternyata sudah berkumpul beberapa orang, yang sepertinya bukan penduduk tempatan kalau dilihat dari pakaian dan cara mereka berbicara. mereka memesan dan memakan durian dengan lahapnya. tak ingin ketinggalan kami pun segera memesan durian yang terbaik yang dimiliki oleh petani.

Ternyata rasanya memang manthull…mantheb bethullll….tidak sia-sia melakukan perjalanan yang jauh demi sebuah cita rasa durian.

=== english ===

The day has changed. the month also changes. now… we are at the end of 2018. usually at the end of the year some types of plants produce a lot of fruit. one of them is durian tree. in several corners of traditional markets in the city of Banda Aceh, the durian traders began to appear. with the pickup on the side of the road. Fragrant the essence of durian fruit is of course very appetizing.

But it feels less satisfied if just tasting this sweet fruit in a city atmosphere, I want to enjoy it directly from durian plantations. one of the durian plantations which is quite close to the city of Banda Aceh is the village of Lam Sujen, Aceh Besar. it took about an hour less to reach the highland location from the city of Banda Aceh. accompanied by several old friends, we headed to the location using four-wheeled vehicles.

That day the weather was quite bright, the sky was so blue there were no clouds hanging. The road we were in was pretty good because it was still smooth paved and, the car could go fast when the road was straight, but when it had to go through a bend in the mountains the speed had to be adjusted. in addition to many broken bends, there are often wide and long trucks tracing the foot of the mountain.

when the location we were heading towards was approaching, the car was slowing down. because it will enter the village area in a short distance. The road to the village has already been paved, although not as wide as the main road. here has been provided a place that is wide enough so that it can accommodate dozens of cars. so there is no need to worry about the location of the parking lot. around this parking lot there are many stalls or durian stalls. just stay chosen, where to sit relaxed, while ordering durian and some other snacks.

but we don’t want to park the vehicle here, we continue our journey further up. after this parking area, the road is not paved, but it can still be passed by Avanza class vehicles. after about ten to fifteen minutes we stopped at a warung, because after the warung the road was rather difficult to pass by four-wheeled vehicles except for offroad vehicles, like those of the durin gardeners.

in this shop there were already gathered a number of people, who seemed not to be local residents when viewed from the clothes and the way they spoke. they ordered and ate the durian with gusto. Do not want to miss, we immediately ordered the best durian owned by farmers.

it turned out it was indeed amazing … yummyyyy…. not in vain to travel far for a taste of durian.

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