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Jan 7, 2016 - Bajawa

Bajawa has been a welcome respite from the high humidity nearer the coast, with hot days but cooler evenings. Overlooking the town is the perfect cone shaped 2,445 metre volcano Inerie, often topped in cloud. The town is small enough to walk around and as always I am drawn to the markets to absorb the colours, the smells and to people watch. There are very few tourists there so friendly people are eager to "talk" and use their English. Where you go? What your name? Where you from? Pancakes and fruit (papaya, pineapple, banana) seems to be...

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Dec 31, 2015 - Lombok to Flores

Happy New Year to you all! We are in Bajawa on the island of Flores, a smallish town 1200 metres up in the mountains surrounded by volcanoes. Very lush and green and away from the high humidity on the coast. There is a Catholic church and a mosque in the town so not sure yet how New Year's Eve will be. The shops are doing a roaring trade in fireworks and we are hearing and seeing some of these being let off already. We enjoyed our "cruise" to Flores Island from Lombok. We booked "deck class" (as opposed to cabin class) and joined 13 others...

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Oct 12, 2012 - Bajawa

Wiki Info Bajawa 10/12 The hired/shared minivan - Perama arranged it - only took us as far as Ruteng where 3 of the 9 passengers got out. Other tourists in the van included a French gal, German gal, and a young Polish couple who'd been working the past 7 years in Ireland. Very interesting story from them, they quit their retail & recycling jobs, respectively, and took off to SE Asia 7 months ago. In Ruteng we waited until 1:30 when we were transferred to another company's (Gunung Mas) larger van losing our forward seats. Bon tried to...

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Dec 5, 2009 - Locals tribes

We woke up around 9am and went to a restaurant around to get our (favorite) breackfast ( banana pancake and mango shake ) we said goodbye to Toine and Sylvester and Rita and we took the bus to Bajawa.. After 7 hours ride, we arrived to Bajawa. The bus stopped just in front of the hotel we choose in the LP ( Edelweis ) and we took a room after being a bit surprised about the price which was really higher than we thought. A guy of the guesthouse, called Alphonse start telling us that he could organize for a good price a tour of the locals...

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May 5, 2005 - Ruteng, Indonesia

We got to Ruteng in the middle of the afternoon and checked into the Rima Hotel with its large painting of two Komodo dragons having lunch that hung above the reception desk. My $4 room had a nice large bed, plenty of space and the typical 'mandi' style of bath that is common in Flores. There is no sink or flush toilet. You ladle cold water over yourself dipped from a large tiled tub, wash, and then ladle yourself again to rinse. The shock wears off after about the fourth scoop. The squat toilet is flushed by dumping water into it also from...

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May 3, 2005 - Bajawa, Indonesia

We got to Bajawa just after dark after hours of twisting roads and knockout scenery. We had to split up again and check into separate hotels to get everyone a room. The next day we drove a couple of hours to the traditional villages of Luba and Bena. The Gunung Inerie volcano was a constant sight as we made our way around its base. At Luba we were briefed by Dino on the customs of the people of the villages. They practice a combination of Christian and animist beliefs. They might pray to the Virgin Mary, but will sacrifice an animal before...

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Oct 4, 2003 - Indonesia - Flores - Survivor

Few tourists who visit Indonesia ever travel to Flores. The Lonely Planet guidebook calls it "one of the greatest bus journeys in the world because of the stunning scenery". I call it "Survivor, The Fuckarewe Tribe". While at times we certainly did enjoy some spectacular views, more of the time we were asking ourselves ... Where the F--- are we? What the F--- are we doing here? When the F--- are we leaving? ********** Flores is a long and narrow island, located towards the easterly end of the Indonesian archipelagos. Volcanic mountains,...

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