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Dec 6, 2009 - West of flores

At 6.30am we took the local bus to labuanbajo. It was a long journey ( 10 hrs ride) but it was almost comfortable as for one time the bus was not full and we had enough space to be at ease. We arrived late in the afternoon to Labuanbajo and we found an hotel which was expensive ( 15$ for the double bungalow…) we wanted to go to Seraya islands the 2 following days if we could find a boat trip to Lombok for after. We went to the travel agencies around and everyone told us that the only boat was on the following morning for a 4days 3nights...

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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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Dec 3, 2009 - An amazing sacred volcano

When someone knoc the door I thought I was dreaming. It was really hard to get out the bed… 2 guys were waiting for us. There were 2 scooters, one for each. They drop us almost on the top ( we only had to walk 20 min ) The sun was rising when we arrived to the first 2 lakes. The view was really amazing. The colour of the lakes is indescribable. A mix of deep blue and green. We walked until the view point where we stayed around 1h30. There was the Holland guy ( our neighbor ;-) and a French guy. We decided to go back all together. The walk...

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Dec 2, 2009 - Here we are ! Flores Islands.

We took a local bus from Larantuka to Maumere early in the morning and a car ( with 11 people inside !!! ) from Maumere to Moni. ( the bus journey was much better than the car…)we arrived early in the evening to Moni. Once arrived to Moni, a man insisted to show us a place to stay even if we really wanted to go to a guest house we say on the LP we decided to check as it was already dark and we didn’t want to walk in the night with our backpack after a 7 hours journey. We saw a really basic and cheap room ( homestay). We hesitated ( we...

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Dec 1, 2009 - The Incredible Ferry Journey

We arrived to the pier and everyone was looking us especially me… We did not feeling really at ease and I just tried to hide it with my big smile still on my face for everyone even to the no smiley people. We arrived in a big waiting room which was full of Indonesian people, and huge goods bags. Jon was worried and told me that we must had took the cab class. We thought it will be a really long journey. People never stop to look at me, but personally I didn’t feel unsafe, just maybe a bit for our bags and stuff more than everything else....

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Apr 26, 2009 - Surfari (Rote, Indonesia)

Stayed the past few days at a camp run by Greg Rogers, Tripp's brother. We had no waves the whole time I was there so didn't get to learn. The resort is Nembrella Beach Resort. Saw a "green flash" sunset for first time ever. This is a phenomena that only happens when sun sets over water on a perfectly clear day. The water takes away colors in the spectrum in reverse order from the air in the atmospher so that ROYGBIV (red, orange, yellow, GREEN, blue, indigo, and violet) dissapears on each end one by water one by air and notice GREEN is in...

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Sep 15, 2008 - Flores - Abschied von Ankermi

Einen Monat sind wir jetzt da, abgesehen von dem kurzen Ausflug zu den Waljägern auf Lembata, und die Zeit ist uns nicht lang geworden. Unter den "Sail Indonesia"-Teilnehmern waren viele, die einen Großteil ihres Lebens auf den Meeren in allen Teilen der Welt zugebracht haben, mit denen man aber durchaus nicht nur über ihren Sport reden konnte, zB mit Ulla und Peter aus Schweden. Er ist gebürtiger Ungar und war mit seinen Eltern nach dem 2. Weltkrieg nach Wien gekommen und seine Eltern sind dort auch vor Kurzem gestorben. Er selbst ging...

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Sep 6, 2008 - Ende, Flores

We caught a bus back to Ende a day early for our flight back to Bali (so we could be sure we'd make it!), and had a pretty easy journey back (we're used to travelling inside a smoke-filled boom box now, even with a driver who's determined to make everyone sick! - the scenery makes up for it!). Ende is really spread out, so it feels huge. The tiny part by the harbour was frenetic, but the outskirts (where we stayed) were peaceful, and getting our flights reconfirmed (again) and finding good food were surprisingly easy.

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Sep 3, 2008 - Moni, Flores: Kelimutu, waterfall swimming & banana porridge

We loved Moni, and after 3 days of morning bus journeys, thoroughly enjoyed stopping still for a few days! Moni is a beautiful village, surrounded by rice paddies and Kelimutu volcano, with hot springs and a beautiful waterfall - perfect! We spent lots of our time here at the waterfall, and Tara made some young local friends swimming under (and through!) it. We also took motorbikes up to see the multicoloured lakes at the top of Kelimutu: there are 3 of them, one turquoise, one black, and one brown. The 3 hour walk back down was tiring...

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Aug 27, 2008 - Labuanbajo, Flores

Tara made full use of the 8 hour ferry trip to Flores, and slept and read most of the way - Da got chatting to John, who'd cycled there from England! We arrived at Labuanbajo in Flores, and stayed for 5 nights. It's a fishing village turned tourist town because of the Komodo National Park, and we enjoyed our time here. After a day of arranging our flight back to Bali and deciding how to visit the Komodo dragons (that easily took a day - nothing in Indonesia can be done quickly!), Tara spent 3 days diving (Da snorkled this time 'cos the...

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Aug 26, 2008 - Buses through Bima to Sape, Sumbawa

Today was a long but successful day of bartering, patience, and beautiful scenery which took us from the beach to Hu'u village by motorbike, then (after a long wait followed by a one-and-a-half hour tour of the village to see if anyone else wanted to go) to Bima by Bemo (shared minivan), then, after a very good and cheap Bakso lunch, to Sape by another Bemo. We slept well, ready to get the morning ferry to Flores.

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Aug 24, 2008 - Flores - das neue Ankermi

Flores - das neue Ankermi Nusa Tenggara, unter diesem schönen Namen faßt man die Inseln im Südosten des indonesichen Archipels zusammen, alles was östlich von Bali liegt, also Lombok, Sumbawa, Komodo und Rinca, Flores natürlich, die größte in diesem Inselhaufen und danach die Inseln des Solor- und Alor-Archipels. Dass wir hier so gerne her fahren, liegt nicht nur an dem Korallenmeer mit seinen herrlichen Riffen zum Schnorcheln sondern vor allem an Claudia und Kermi, die hier ein Ressort und eine Tauchbasis betreiben. Seit knapp einem Jahr...

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