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Feb 8, 2008 - Home of the Dragons

From the Gili Islands we took a 36 hour boat-bus-boat-bus-boat ride to Flores. It was tiring but went by surpisingly fast. Flores is famous for the findings of some remains of small "hobbit-like" people in 2003. It is also the gateway for getting to Rinca and Komodo Islands, home of the Komodo Dragons. We booked a boat trip out to the islands after arriving in Labuan Bajo, the port town on Flores. It was just the two of us on the boat with the captain and a crew member. We left early in the morning and set off for the island of Rinca. The...

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Jan 14, 2007 - Indonesia (don't let the bedbugs bite... seriously)

Good times in Indonesia, rashes and challenging bus/ferry rides notwithstanding. I got to Bali on New Year's Eve and decided to stay in Jimbaran, far away from Kuta Beach, the tourist hotspot and site of the nightclub bombings a few years ago. Not much of a partier these days, I had an early and very fresh and tasty seafood dinner on the beach in Jimabaran and then went to my room across the street from the restaurant and crashed before 10. The most exciting thing that happened to me at midnight was my digital watch beeping. Happy New...

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Ring of Fire Tour

Jan 11, 2007 - Timor-Leste

Justin and I journeyed from Bali to Timor-Leste (East Timor) on January 11th, 2007. I can't find out how far it is between these two islands but the flight is about one and one half hours. Dili, the capital city, is about 400 miles north of Darwin, Australia. Timor-Leste is the world's newest nation, having gained independence from Indonesia in 2002. It is also one of the poorest nations in the world. The Indonesians destroyed large portions of the island before leaving and several refugee camps for displaced Timorese residents exist in and...

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Newt's Journal

Oct 8, 2006 - Komodo and Rinka Islands, Indonesia

Originally set up to protect the Komodo Dragon (world's largest monitor lizard) the park was extended to protect the surrounding marine environment. The land mass of all the islands represent only one third of the area of the Komodo National Park. Lying between Sumbawa to the west and Flores, this place is a divers paradise. Location is everything for the Komodos; positioned between two contrasting bodies of water--the cold updwellings of the Indian Ocean and the warm water of the Flores Sea, just south of the South China Sea. 300-600 foot...

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Itchy Feet

Jun 27, 2006 - Timor Leste, PM Alkatiri RESIGNS

June, 27th Tensions have been rising since (former) PM Alkatiri sacked 600 soldiers from the East Timor army. These soldiers from western ET, aka the "petitioners" were threatening to go on strike due to fact that they were not being treated fairly. It's a long story but supposedly these soldiers were sympathetic to the Indonesian army during the many years of occupation. The Indonesian army killed over 100,000 East Timorese and left the county in total shambles, which it pretty much remains today. But just yesterday, Monday, he resigned so...

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Jun 15, 2006 - 4 jours de croisiere de Lombok a Flores.

Une chose essentielle sur laquelle nous nous sommes mises d'accord avant notre arrivee en Indonesie: on s'offre un peu de confort! Depuis 8 mois, nous trainons nos sacs dans des guesthouses pas toujours proprinettes et confort plus que sommaire. Etant donne que l'Indonesie offre des prix parfaitement en accord avec notre budget de backpackers mais pour des hotels plus luxueux... on fonce! En plus, d'ici 1 mois, nous allons devoir ranger bikini, trikini et bain de soleil car la Chine, la Mongolie et la Russie ne sont pas vraiement propices...

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May 31, 2006 - Ankermi

Die Busfahrt von Labuanbajo nach Ruteng dauert 5 Stunden und fuehrt uns durch wilde Dschungelberge. An mehreren Stellen sehen wir Hangrutsche, aber die Strasse ist ueberall zumindest einspurig befahrbar. Wir waeren in Ruteng gerne einige Tage geblieben, weil wir die schoenen Reisterrassen hier nur vom Vorbeifahren im Jahr 2002 kennen. Aber es regnet und alles ist schmutzig und wir beschliessen, morgen mit Doro und Micha weiter zu fahren. Sie verlassen uns am naechsten Tag nach 5 Stunden in Bajava und wir fahren weitere sechs Stunden nach...

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May 22, 2006 - Pulau Seraya (Flores)

Von Denpasar fliegen wir mit einer relativ grossen Propellermaschine nach Labuanbajo an der Westspitze von Flores. Wir haben gutes Wetter und koennen auch aus der Luft sehen, wie sich die Landschaft allmaehlich veraendert, wie das tropische Gruen und die dichten Regenwaelder braunen Huegeln mit kurzem Gras, vereinzelten Baeumen und niedrigem Buschwerk weichen. Zwischen Bali und Lombok verlaeuft ja die Wallace Line, benannt nach dem britischen Naturforscher Alfred Wallace, der im 19. Jhdt. diese Trennlinie erstmals beschrieben hat. Oestlich...

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Apr 2, 2006 - Komodo Island

After a night of not much sleep and soaking wet, Helen and Danny arrived at Komodo Island in the baking sun. A quick jump from the boat and they were off on their second hunt for Dragons, but with Danny's bleeding hand safely wrapped in bandages, gloves and a plastic bag! Having successfully spotted a few large Dragons within a matter of minutes, a wild pig surprised them by running around them a few times before realizing the tourists were not as interesting as some moss growing in a tree. Considering Helen and Danny were operating on only...

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Apr 1, 2006 - Rinca - Komodo Dragons

Rinca is one of the only three places on the planet it is possible to see Komodo Dragons in the wild. These things are 10 feet long and weigh in at over 16 stone. Upon arrival at Rinca Danny and Helen got off the boat and were warned - "do not go too close", "they move very fast", "Dragons very dangerous this time of month", "Be careful"!... Be careful!!!? All of a sudden the idea of trecking through the pre-historic island of Rinca seemed a very bad idea indeed... "Has anyone ever been hurt?" asked Helen as Danny cringed knowing he did not...

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Mar 31, 2006 - Flores - Llabonbajo, Bintang and Bribery

Having flown to Flores, it was straight to the port to take a small boat from the harbour out towards the island of Rinca. All of their meals for the next 2 days were to be served on this boat and Danny was delighted that this regularly included curry - often also for breakfast! The three hour trip out to Rinca was a chance to prepare to see the Komodo Dragons. Sitting on the boat, bottlenose dolphins were spotted by Danny who performed tricks around the boat as the boat made its way through the attolls of the Indonesian sea (the Dolphins...

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Jul 18, 2005 - Day 4 on the boat travelling back west

I was woken by Sepul's phone alarm. He had to take the small boat and pick up the other passengers; it took me until 5.20 am to wake him. We left Labuan Bajo at 6.00 am, I watched the sunrise and we sailed to Rinca Island for another 4 kms trek. With my sunburn I decided to stay on the boat and read, from there we went to Gili Laba for snorkelling, again I stayed on the boat. After which we set sail to Moyo Island where we laid anchor for dinner for an hour. I really can't handle the food on the boat and have now given up. Today I have...

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