In a town where it is not unusual to see bright pink and lime green as the base and trim colors of a house, lies a community of smiley West Sumatrans blessed with an awe inspiring landscape that cannot be replicated (or, unfortunately, rebuilt). Walking down the street one sees lush greenery lining the barely paved roads where scooters, mini vans, fleets of black SUVs, and often chicken and infant goats zoom by. Bordering the houses are enormous palm trees that shoot up into the almost always vibrant blue skies. Far in the distance the outlines of volcanoes and mountains complete the scene with their majestic and unbelievable physical presence. All the while absorbing this incredible scenery, one also cannot help but step on noodle cups, flimsy water packets, and candy bar wrappers that are littered on the side of the roads and most heartbreakingly on the beaches of otherwise pristine islands.